HOLIDAY PLACEMENT PROGRAM


OVERVIEW

The holiday placement Is founded as an apprentice/internship program to enhance the development of skills, experience and workmanship of fresh graduates, primary and post primary students. It seeks to encourage parents and lecturers of students to attach them every holiday at the local workshops, companies and organizations to acquire skills and experience in their areas of academic training or outside their academic training fields to acquire complimentary hands on skills and experience right from Primary five( cognitive stages of a child`s development) to the final stages of bachelor’s degree level.

If we look at the education system as a titanic ship, the complementary skills acquired every holidays can be the lifeboats and jackets attached to this ship so that during the storm and this ship is sinking, the life boats and jackets can save the crew to remain afloat or pave way to safety. That is, after graduation if there is no job, the complementary skills acquired every holiday can save the graduates by creating their own jobs and fight unemployment and poverty.

This program does not differentiate between the rich and the poor students because skills and experience acquisition does not know ones social-economic class.

BENEFITS TO LAW STUDENTS AND OTHER STUDENTS

a) Law students who study for four years without any practical legal skills can benefit from working with Lawyers` chambers right from year one semester one if Law Development Center Pre entry exams fail them to pursue legal practice diploma. They can rely on the practical legal skills acquired to make some money other stay unemployed.

The high failure rates of LDC Pre-entry exam has indicated in the below statistics moved the Pearl to launch the above initiative in every University`s faculty of law, law society and law council to help under graduate students to acquire practical legal skills through working with the lawyers on apprenticeship contracts in order to create lawyers-students acquaintance that will give rise to employment opportunities for those who fail pre-entry exam —This piece is extracted from LDC’s website as written by the Observer newspaper on 26’th August 2016…This is done to lock out candidates who cannot cope with the rigorous course! It is appalling that only 35% pass the exam, where does the 65 go? --Into unemployment hell!

(26 August 2016 The Observer (Kampala) Uganda: 572 Lawyers Pass LDC Pre-Entry Exams ByYudayaNangonzi The Law Development Centre (LDC) on Wednesday released a list of 572 applicants who passed the pre-entry tests and qualified for admission to the bar course this year. At least 1,650 candidates sat for the pre-entry exam on August 1 - a pass rate of 35%. Last year, only 360 lawyers (28%) passed out of 1,286 applicants. In a statement, Everest Turyahikayo, the LDC academic registrar/secretary, said successful candidates can now collect their admission letters from the centre's reception. Candidates must carry their current identity cards and LDC pre-entry registration cards to pick their letters for the one-year course, which starts on September 26. The deadline for payment and issuance of admission letters is September 23. In 2011, LDC introduced pre-entry exams to lock out candidates unable to cope with the rigorous course. When this writer visited the LDC on Wednesday, successful candidates were all smiles after seeing their names and taking snapshots of the list on the notice board.)

However, the students who fail to cope with the rigorous course can benefit from the practical legal skills acquired during the eight holidays spent at law chambers to at least be employed in the same chambers or be introduced to new lawyers who can employ them or they can be bailiffs, or rely on practical hands on skills in other disciplines to make jobs and fight unemployment and poverty. b) Students meet those who will employ them in future after school or those who would recommend them to employers for employment. Fresh graduates often find it hard to apply for jobs that require experience but this will provide them with a platform to acquire experience at hand and acquaint them with working moral and ethical code of conduct, financial literacy and management and customer care and management.

c) Active students can even be employed before finishing school and help to contribute school necessities.

d) Its not harmful for students who train as teachers, lawyers, social workers to acquire complementary hands on skills every holiday in other areas as chicken rearing and others to help them create jobs after failing to get office jobs.

e) The negative attitude associated with graduates towards job creation will tremendously reduce with skills diversity because one is inclined to doing what they are trained in. This is in line with an agricultural diversification principle of a farmer not putting all their eggs in one basket because once the basket falls, he loses all but if they are in many baskets he can save some.

f) The Pearl`s Holiday Placementwill ensure that vulnerable students who fail to join university after high school can resort to the complementary hands on skills in artisan, mechanical, electrical, metal works and metal fabrication, computer, driving, talents in sports and music. Wood work and carpentry, salon manicure and pedicure, tailoring and fashion design, brick, concrete and clay works, laying and construction, modern farming methods in animals and crops husbandry with cheap irrigation methods to help them resist the test of drought, to create jobs and fight unemployment and poverty.

g) Pearl`s mission will promote an education system where students do not only study just to be fashionable by speaking English and only how write it. Rather they will be empowered after high school to use the hands on skill to create jobs for their own selves.

h) It will also help to equip Uganda`s human resource with diversified skills at a young age and give them the power and confidence to make learned career decisions affecting their future.

i) Times have changed and the country needs skilled man power in mechanical, technical, science and modern agriculture that adapts to the effects of climate change and the local consumer demand. This is evidenced in the recent struggles Uganda has had to grapple with skilling man power to manage the petroleum resources.

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES ON YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN UGANDA.

In 2012, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics revealed that the share of unemployed youth between 18 – 30 years among the total of unemployed persons was 64%. Uganda has the youngest population in the world with 77% of Uganda`s total population bail under the age of 30 years. The study by Global Development supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found Uganda to have the highest youth unemployment rate in Africa standing at 78%.

According to the 2012 state of Uganda`s population report by the UN Population Fund, the World Bank report of August, 4th 2015 Uganda`s youth unemployment at 64%, Fortune for Africa reported Uganda with the highest and youngest unemployment rate at 80%. According to the Ministry of gender, labor and social development, the education system produces about 40,000 graduates per year, but the economy is too small to accommodate these job seekers as only 8,000 are absorbed into the formal labor sector because what others study at the university is not in tandem with what the labor market wants.

According to the 2012 state of Uganda`s population report by the UN Population Fund, the World Bank report of August, 4th 2015 Uganda`s youth unemployment at 64%, Fortune for Africa reported Uganda with the highest and youngest unemployment rate at 80%. According to the Ministry of gender, labor and social development, the education system produces about 40,000 graduates per year, but the economy is too small to accommodate these job seekers as only 8,000 are absorbed into the formal labor sector because what others study at the university is not in tandem with what the labor market wants.

WHAT DO EXPERTS SAY

1. According to Ms. Regina Laboke of Mt. of Olives KakiriWakiso, Mr. Fagil Mandy, Dr. Suzan Watundu a senior lecturer at MUBs,--“Government should priotize youth skills` development other than blaming the youths` negative attitude towards jobs as the cause of high rates of unemployment in Uganda.

2. According to Prof. Augustus Nuwagaba a senior lecture at Makerere university and director REEVE Consults Uganda. ---“The root cause of unemployment in Uganda lies in the education system. He says that the country is stuck with the colonial education system that trains students to be clerks, secretaries, lawyers, counselors, social workers and public administrators yet times have changed and the country needs metal fabricators, carpenters, oil refiners and experts, medical professionals specializing in cancer and heart diseases surgery and treatment.

3. The country also needs modern farmers with modern farming skills to meet the challenges of climate change and grow crops and animals throughout the year using cheap, affordable and adaptable irrigation methods, improved animal and crop varieties that can grow amidst drought to avoid famine, unemployment and poverty.

4. It’s against this backdrop that advocating for the improvement in the education system through focusing on diversifying vocational personal hands on skills and talents with minds on skills right from the young age at P5 – University level is a top of Pearl`s agenda.

5. The program seeks to release students from the self imposed imprisonment that is common with students who study in class, go to sleep in hostels and go home during holidays to hide beneath their parents. The fellowship encourages students to be exposed to potential employers and increase their chances of employment, connections to employment or conduct market assessment for self employment.

6. The program will create a setting where it’s alright to feel again, to hope again, and to believe again and create an environment of safe warm-acceptance, trusted confidentiality, and employers- fresh graduates’ acquaintance and empathy. This will reduce the graduates` hesitance to apply to work for law chambers in the lower capacities and also to seek their former trainers to recommend them to other law chambers and other organizations and companies for employment.

7. The Pearl Foundation believes that not everyone who fails is a fool. The program will create“THE GOOD ENOUGH PRINCIPLE”which states that everyone is good enough if given a chance other than creating an environment of few excellent idols.

In conclusion, Pearl knows that the time and costs of obtaining a Holiday Placement for apprenticeship is daunting and costly but the benefits far outweigh them all as the student will be directed into a creative confrontation with the world after school.

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