KAMPALA, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) — Chinese firm AIPEC at the request of the Ugandan government has trained 30 young people in construction machine operation and driving, in the first of a series of skilling programs held in the western Ugandan district of Kiruhura.
Brian Buhanda, an official from state-owned National Enterprises Corporation, said the seven-day induction training, which ended Thursday, is important as the country takes charge of constructing its own infrastructure such as roads, railways, and power plants.
He said the training conducted by AVIC-INTL Project Engineering Company (AIPEC) helped enhance the technical capabilities of Ugandan machine operators and drivers.
Jiang Siyuan, the country representative of AIPEC, said the ultimate goal of the training is to empower youth with technical skills to better their lives and raise their competitiveness in the job market.
He said during the practice training with the excavator, bulldozer, motor grader and roller, the trainees graded a football pitch on land offered by the Karengo Parents Primary School.
“I would like to appreciate the work of construction of play area that has been done at Karengo Parents Primary School. Words alone are not enough to describe how we are thankful, grateful that the school children now have a play area,” said Gibson Muhereza, the head teacher of the school.
The induction training is part of Uganda’s National Science Technology Engineering and Innovations Skills Enhancement Project, which aims to empower Ugandan youth with technical skills that they will use to better their lives