Hoima woman MP establishes skilling centre to fight unemployment among youth

Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja (wearing hat) cuts a ribbon at the ground breaking ceremony of the Hoima Skilling Centre at Kiryandongo Cell in Kigorobya Town Council, Hoima District on Friday, May 13, 2022. Next to her is the centre founder, Hoima District woman Member of Parliament, Ms Harriet Busiinge (flashing a thumb symbol) (Photo: Gad Asaba).

The Hoima District woman Member of Parliament blames the rampant joblessness in the country especially among the youth to trainings that lay more emphasis on white and pink collar jobs than blue collar ones.

Ms Harriet Busiinge says until people change their mindset from offering and reading for office work, little will be done to fight unemployment in Uganda.

To relatively overcome the biting unemployment problem, the legislator has established a Hoima Skilling Centre at Kiryandongo cell in Kigorobya town council, Hoima district with intent to train the youth in such life skills as carpentry, catering and tailoring among others.

Ms Busiinge is confident that after attaining such skills, the youths will be ready to tap into the oil and gas indirectly by offering their services to a multitude of people expected to flock the Albertine region to work in the industry.

She encourages girls who dropped out of school as a result of early pregnancy, to make use of the establishment so they can acquire life skills and be able to fend for themselves in this competitive economy.

Breaking the ground for the construction of the multi-million centre on Friday, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, said the initiative is in line with government design of skilling the youth so they can create instead of seeking jobs.

Notes

White-collar jobs are typically performed in an office environment and involve clerical, administrative or managerial duties including accounting, marketing and consulting among others.

The term “white collar” refers to the white shirts that many of these professionals traditionally wear.

A pink-collar worker is someone who works in the care-oriented career field or in fields historically considered to be women’s work.

These include jobs in the beauty industry, social work, teaching, secretarial work, child care or nursing.

A blue-collar job is typically some sort of manual or trade-related labour including retail, food service and construction among others.

The term was originally coined in the 1920s when these types of employees wore durable fabrics like denim or chambray which were often blue in colour to assist in concealing dirt or grease due to the nature of their work.

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