Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE) held its 38th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the FUE headquarters in Kiwanga, Namanve-Mukono District on 13th April 2017. The meeting was heavily attended by FUE Members and partners with deliberations focusing majorly on performance of the Federation in 2016.
Speaking during the meeting, the Chief guest Dr. Martin Wandera, the Director of Labour at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Develoment (MGLSD) who represented the Hon. Minister Hajjat Janet Mukwaya of the same Ministry informed members that the Ministry they had finalized the national apprenticeship program, a program geared at formalizing and structuring ways of learning especially as far as labour is concerned. “Apprenticeship programs define the learning outcomes of a person. It is therefore imperative that organizations embrace them. FUE will play a pivotal role towards the revitalization of the program since it will act as a middle man between the Government and Employers,” he further added. He applauded FUE’s role in the tri-partite as the only way MGLSD can reach out to Employers is through FUE.
As a result of the increased number of cases of at the Industrial Court, Dr. Martin called on Employers to understand and know the law in which they operate and always embrace mediation since it minimizes legal costs and other negative public perceptions of the organization by the public.
At the same event, the Executive training in Employment Relations was launched, a nine months program geared at equipping Employers with skills in Employment Relations as the name states. Enlisting of participants is on-going for the first intake due to start on 19th July 2017. Mr. Gideon Badagawa, the Executive Director of Private Sector Foundation (PSFU) one of the FUE partners thanked FUE for the services offered since most of them are pro-bono. He further encouraged Employers to embrace the Skills Development Authority which PSFU has started to curb the skills gap in the economy.