According to Omoit, he earns between Shillings 3 million and 8 million each month from the workshops. Omoit said despite failing to achieve his dream of becoming an electrical engineer, the workshops have enabled him to work towards his dreams.
Samuel Omoit, 28, is a
pioneer beneficiary of the skills development program under Support to Skilling
Uganda (SSU) in Karamoja.
He received vocational skills at Nakapiripirit
Technical Institute in 2016 under Support to Skilling Uganda, which is jointly
implemented by government and Enabel, a development partner.
Omoit is the proprietor Emma and Sons Engineering Services Ltd. He is reaping
big from his two workshops in Nakapiripirit and Amudat districts, which he
setup after the training.
According to Omoit, he earns between Shillings 3
million and 8 million each month from the workshops.
Omoit said despite
failing to achieve his dream of becoming an electrical engineer, the workshops
have enabled him to work towards his dreams.
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Omoit, who dropped out of a training institute in Mbale, due to lack of tuition
decided to switch to welding after noticing the huge market in Karamoja. For
example, there is only one competitor to his workshop in Nakapiripit town Centre,
which allows him enjoy a wide market with little competition.
“I don’t display my doors and window frames. All these are on order,” said the enterprising
Omoit in an interview with URN. Our reporter could see several pieces of finished
doors, windows and gates aligned at the Nakapiripirit workshop just before
Moroto District Offices along Moroto–Nakapiripirit Road.
Omoit has graduated to
become an employer as well as trainer.
He told URN that he trains at least 30
-40 youths, mostly school dropouts and less privileged each year. “Most of them are
orphans. I train them for two months in elementary welding. When they complete training.
I retain some of them to work with me”, said Omoit.
Julian Kababeto, a trainee with Emma and Sons Engineering Services Ltd, says
she likes her work because it is paying well.
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This is just a glint of how skilled and focused youth in Karamoja have become
millionaires as well as job creators in the sub region. In total, 2000 youths
have passed out with various technical skills from the various institutions
across the sub region since 2016.
71 percent of these are employed or
self-employed, according to a report by Lawrence Odong, the National Field
Manager of Enabel issued on Monday this week. Most graduates, the report says are involved in socio-economic activities
ranging from restaurants and outside catering services, construction, unisex
salons - some employing 5-10 youths.
Odong says the project can impact at
least 10, 000 people in Karamoja, through the income earned by the 2000 skilled
youth. According to Odong,
the technical training focuses on five relevant areas, which include
construction, tourism and hospitality, agri – Enterprise, automotive technology
and carpentry meant to accommodate all youth based on their competencies.
He said the trainings targets unemployed, poor and teenage mothers in order to
empower them economically through employable and marketable skills in today’s
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The principal Nakapiripirit Technical School, Backer Malenge says the training
especially in the discipline of agriculture, focuses on providing practical
solutions to the current problems using modern farming methods.
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Aron Situma, the Moroto Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, says the support
by Enabel is timely and is positively changing the attitude of young people in
Karamoja from pastoralism to the service industry, which is an important aspect
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A total of Shillings 90 billion has been injected in this project, phasing out
next year. .