TRAINING COMPONENT BACKGROUND:
The National Labour-Based Training Component (NLBTC) was formulated by DANIDA to accord with the government of Uganda’s Ministry of Transport and Works sector and policies, and to build on earlier donor-supported initiatives to provide Labour-Based Training.
This was mainly done to:
- Increase the physical capacity of MELTC to transform it into a national centre for training in Labour-Based methods. The focus of this Labour-based promotion sub-component was to further development of MELTC which, at that time had fulfilled UTRP support role but facing an uncertain future
- Increase the capacity of MELTCs training staff
- Support accreditation of MELTC curriculum by a recognized institution in Uganda
- Support the training of district staff in the management of road improvements and maintenance using labour-based methods
- Assist in the training of local contractors for the implementation of road improvements and maintenance using labour based methods
- Support the establishment of labour-based contractors association on the ULBRCA; and
- Support affiliation of the Uganda Labour-Based Road Contractors Association (ULBRCA) with Uganda National Association of Building and Civil Engineers Association (UNABCEC)
The component is implemented in parallel with the district roads and the National Grave Roads components of RSPS2 through coordination of a technical assistance team of the two components.
BENEFIT TO COMMUNITIES
As a result, the component has had an indirect impact on poverty alleviation by increasing opportunities for employment for local people through an increased capacity within Ministry of Works and Transport, district councils and local contractors as they have managed to implement roadworks using labour-based methods.
Road sector specific gender, HIV/AIDS, health and safety, and environment issues have been integrated in all MELTCs teaching materials, and trainee selection criteria has been reviewed to broaden womens access to the training, particularly for women whose specific targets are set.
SECTOR POLICIES AND STRATEGIES:
Government of Ugandas 1996 ten-year Road Sector Development Programme (RSDP) had a national roads focus, but in march 2002 update (RSDP2) covering the period 2001/2 to 2011 is concerned with the entire road sector with key provisions that include:
- Establishment of a Road Authority which came to reality last year (2008)
- Increase reliance on the private sector for operations, with 90% of roads maintenance to be undertaken by contract
- Road maintenance to be fully funded by government
- Increase use of labour-based methods for contraction and maintenance, especially in rural areas; and
- Having improved and sustained accessibility, with 80% of the national and district road networks in a fair to good condition
As to funding, RSDP2 outlined a 10-year national roads plan to cost USD 1.6 billion, of which some 37% is government funded and 30% donor-pledged while the 33% funding gap principally relates to network improvements.
MELTEC’S TRAINING METHODOLOGY
Courses at the Training Centre are in modular form with a learner- centered approach. The training methods employed range from interactive classroom sessions, exercises, case studies, discussions, short workshops, seminars and practical demonstrations both at the training model road and during trial contracts.
MELTC also organizes and facilitates study tours, field excursions and attachments for enriching trainees with ideas through exposure.
The provision of outreach training and support facilitates transfer of knowledge and skills in the workplace. These highly interactive training methods give participating trainees the opportunity to share a wide range of experiences.
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