ISSUE 60 | JANURY 2024

AN OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE FEDERATION OF UGANDA EMPLOYERS

FUENEWS

THE VOICE OF EMPLOYERS

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

Dear Esteemed Member,

I hope you are in good health and high spirits as we embark on the year 2024, it is my pleasure to officially wish you a Happy New Year!

In this dynamic landscape, FUE continues to embrace opportunities, and make strides towards our mission, which is to enhance Employers’ competitiveness through policy advocacy, fostering best employment relations and provision of business development service.

This year, we will continue to embark on impactful initiatives in the pursuit of decent work and economic development.

I therefore encourage you to explore our offerings and be on the lookout for upcoming events, opportunities and ways you can further contribute to our shared vision. Your engagement and enthusiasm play a crucial role in the amplifying the voice of employers.

In this regard, kindly note that the FUE 2024 Training Calendar has been rolled out consisting various capacity building trainings lined up for the year. These sessions are key to boost workforce productivity and advance business growth in the labour market.

We will also be running the Female Future Leadership Program (FFP) 2024, 23rd intake to equip women with the right leadership skills to excel at all levels. And among other significant FUE events, mark your calendars the Employer of the Year Awards (EYA) Dinner.

As we journey forward, let us do so with resilience and collaboration to foster growth, innovation, and excellence.

FUE remains at your service.

Thank you,
Together for Employers.

Douglas Opio

Executive Director.

CONTENTS

1

THE INAUGURAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY CONFERENCE

In 2020, 70% of Employers were satisfied with competencies of Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) graduates whereas 80% of BTVET graduates entering the labour market have found employment / self-employment generating sufficient income. The Inaugural Skills Development and Employability Conference was convened by FUE in partnership with AVSI Foundation, Danish Industry, the Embassy of Netherlands in Uganda and the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU). The theme was, ‘The Role of 

Employers in Enhancing Skills Development in Uganda’. Employers, Workers Representatives, Youth and Government Officials in attendance. Hon. Gidudu Mafabi, the Minister of State for the Elderly, MGLSD.

Our Executive Director, Douglas Opio highlighted that digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence (A.I) have transformed the world of work. He revealed that the multi-stakeholder platform being launched at the conference will improve youth employability. He further emphasised the need for young people to constantly evolve and learn new things to excel in the evolving labour market.

Hon. Gidudu Mafabi, the Chief Guest and Minister of State for the Elderly reiterated that a skilled workforce is an asset to economic growth. He applauded the initiative of an Employer-led TVET system as the right direction to enhance youth employability. Hon. Mafabi pledged Government’s support to policy development that supports technical education in Uganda.

The Conference consisted of two panel discussions focused on skills development and youth employability respectively. The discussions highlighted industrial training opportunities, providing technical skills concurrently with formal education, advancing an Employer-led TVET system to boost skilling efforts. Aspects such as mindset change, ethical work standards, soft skills training, education curriculum review and engaging the private sector were shared as key tenets for a wholistic approach to the youth workforce.

In addition, Employers assented to supporting youth employability through graduate training opportunities, skilling, digitalisation and public-private sector partnerships.

FUE remains committed to collaborations with key stakeholders to advance youth employability and develop favorable policies to enhance job creation. Special thanks to our partners, tripartite members and youth for their active participation.

INTER-REGIONAL DIALOGUE ON LABOUR, EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR MIGRATION GOVERNANCE

FUE participated at the Inter-Regional Knowledge and Experience Sharing Forum on Labour, Employment and Labour Migration Governance in the East and South Africa Region in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The 3-day Inter-Regional Dialogue was organised by the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) in collaboration with Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration in Africa (JLMP) as well as coordinated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Officials from the three Regional Economic Communities (RECs) namely: The East African Community (EAC), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and and South Africa Development Community (SADC) secretariats and representatives of the 24 Member States that constitute the fore mentioned three Regional Economic Communities as well as their respective regional and national social partners were in attendance to share their experiences and deliberate on current and future challenges related to the world of work.

The objective of this inter-regional knowledge and experience sharing forum on labour, employment and labour migration was to take stock of lessons, challenges, opportunities, and good practices in advancing decent work at regional level. It was also intended provide opportunities for EAC, IGAD and SADC secretariat as well as regional confederations of social partners to share their experiences and enhance cross exchange of ideas on various topics relating to the world of work particularly on labour migration governance, the elimination of child labour, and for establishing a basis for continued inter-regional dialogue and cooperation among the three RECs and regional confederations of social partners.

Way forward

Participants welcomed the recommendations of the Africa Labour Conference held on 20th October 2023 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast which called for African’s common action and position to protect the rights of migrant workers on:

  • Extending Social Protection for Migrant Workers
  • Bilateral Labour Agreement
  • Skills Development and Recognition
  • Strengthening Intra-Regional and Inter-Regional Dialogue and Cooperation
  • Gender Dimensions of Labour Migration

Whereas members states have made some efforts to combat child labour, a lot still need to be done to achieve total elimination of Child Labour. Key policy recommendations in the lead up to 2025 and the Durban call to Action include:

  • Promoting decent work for adults and youth above minimum working age.
  • Ending child labour in agriculture and other priority sectors.
  • Continuous review and improvement of legislation and enforcement.
  • Accelerating the realisation to children’s right to education and training.
  • Scaling up universal access to social protection.
  • Addressing child labour in the context of fragility, climate change and disasters.
  • Improving the availability of quality data, research and knowledge on child labour.
  • Improving financing for the elimination of child labour.

FUE TRAINING CALENDAR 2024

The FUE Training Calendar 2024 is officially out. We offer General and In-house trainings on various world of work issues to boost workforce productivity and advance business growth. Mark the dates to ensure you participate in all sessions. To request a customised training suited to your organisation needs, contact Yusuf Nsubuga, the Training Manager, yusuf.nsubuga@fuemployers.org.

THE FEMALE FUTURE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
2024 INTAKE

The Female Future Leadership Program (FFP) 2024 Intake is open. FFP is a leadership course to equip women with practical skills to excel at local and international level.

Sign up today to book a slot in the 23rd Cohort of FFP before 10th February.

Course Fees: $3,500

For inquiries contact info@fuemployers.org | 0392 777 410.

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