The National Water and Sewerage Corporation’s Managing Director, Dr. Eng. Silver has urged the newly graduated plumbing technicians to support the efforts of the Corporation in reducing Non-Revenue Water.
Mr Mugisha made the call while addressing the graduation of 395 plumbers, electro-mechanic technicians and customer service advisers who completed their Practically Acquired Skills (PAS) training.
The event was presided over by the NWSC Board Chairman representative, Mr. George Runge.
Speaking at the event, Mr Runge highlighted NWSC’s deliberate efforts towards meeting the increased capacity needs that are demand driven and are responsive to the growing service delivery needs of the Corporation.
“Therefore, you must play your part in the fight against Non-Revenue Water, elevating service delivery and business growth”, stated Mr. Runge.
Dr. Rose Kaggwa, the Director Business Scientific Services, thanked NWSC Board Management for initiating a training program that directly responds to both the institutional and labor market needs and addresses the corporation’s problems, like NRW.
Dr. Kaggwa also recognized great milestones registered in the 4th graduation such as; for the first time; the program had 24 staff graduating with LEVEL 4 EMT (equivalent to national diploma), female participants increased by 10% and, the training was able to attract Engineers to participate in the practical skills assessment.
She also mentioned the fact that NWSC is in tandem with the Ugandan Vocational Qualifications Framework policy objective that allows for employers and industry experts to play a significant role in defining occupational standards and training content.
The graduates completed the Practically Acquired Skills (PAS) training in industrial plumbing, industrial Electro-mechanical installation, welding, customer service and heavy equipment operations.
PAS training makes the transition from the informal to the formal education and training sector much easier. It enables vocational experience and skills acquired on the job to be validated and recognized.
NWSC has focused on ensuring continuous knowledge management and learning, and, has deliberately moved to adopt various change management techniques that have generated a wealth of knowledge and experience within the organization.
The corporation’s fully functional Vocational Skills Development Facility at Ggaba (VSDF) has so far successfully graduated four cohorts since inception, offering; Training Needs Assessment, Development of Tailor made courses, Short term attachments/On job training (home and away), Face to face learning and Creative Learning.
The VSDF was established with support from GIZ and is accredited by the Directorate of Industrial Training under the Ministry of Education and Sports.