Vocational skills training and mentorship

UYDT Institute Embrace local Artisans and Model Practitioners to Transform Youths, Their Homes and communities.

Uganda has one of the world’s youngest populations with over 78% of it’s population below the age of 30. With just under eight million aged15-30, the country also has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Sub-Saharan Africa and 83% of the graduate population being unemployed.

This program is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and skills development among young people to innovate, startup and sustain their businesses. We not only equip them with skills but also empower them with information to run these businesses. Trained youth are then encouraged to come up with saving groups and are volving fund for sustainability. A number of youths have been trained indifferent business ventures; including practical skills in book making, candle making etc, business planning and book keeping, and saving. This program mainly targets out of school young women and men and women, young mothers, People with Disabilities and people living with

 UYDT institute was established to create a critical mass of all round male and female young entrepreneurs who have integrity and the capacity to improve their situation, become responsible citizens, and contribute to a lager sustainable development goals. The UYDT institute offers both technical and life skills training on term basis.

An Artisan is a skilled manual worker or craftsman who uses hands, tools or machinery to create unique and decorative items in a particular craft, for example carpenters, tailors, leather workers, shoemakers, bakers, metal workers and potters among others. They are the masters of their products and services and are grouped into Urban and rural –based artisans.

Artisans depend on resources from their nearby surroundings to create their products and items. In economic terms, an artisan is a small producer of goods who own their production and makes a living from their production. They have mastered their specific trade typically native to their region, culture or background, maintain theoretical and empirical knowledge about how to expertly create specific goods and also transfer their skills to the forthcoming generations.

A local artisan with an enterprise in his or her community is an extension of training for entrepreneurship and dignified fields of skills. This can lead to positive impacts on their personal lives, house hold livelihood enhancement, community development and economic development when their capacity is well built.

When an artisan is empowered to train young people in life skills, the young person transit from joblessness into doing dignified work. This in turn resolves and the young person becomes an artisan of another jobless young person thus creating an Institute of empowering artisans through capacity building. The table below shows the impact of this approach;


Individual (young women and men) Improvement in well-being, and increased income social capital, voice, agency, confidence.
Household and community Diversified income streams, improved household saving improved, access to education, health and basic needs services greater social cohesion, social capital agency, voice