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Dr. Muvawala Joseph Patrick Byakatonda
Dr. Joseph Muvawala

Industrial Training Council (ITC)
 Mr. Patrick Byakatonda
Ag. Director,
          Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT)
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Ruth Mukyala Michael Okumu
Ms. Ruth Mukyala
Head of Department,
Qualifications Standards
 Mr. Michael Okumu
Head of Department,
Assessment & Certification


DIT Background Information

The Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) was first established by the Industrial Training Decree, Decree No. 2 of 1972, which subsequently became the Industrial Training Act of 2003. The Decree mandated the DIT, among others, to develop policies, and implement strategies for skills training, upgrading, and testing of workers in industries and apprentices in workplaces as well as those persons training in the world of work.

The separation of the training delivery of  Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) from quality assurance.  In recognition of the critical roles that the BTVET system is expected to play in Uganda’s development agenda, a new law, the BTVET Act was enacted in August 2008. This Act is the principal legal instrument that mandated the DIT to carry out new roles and functions that shall be instrumental in implementing major reforms in the BTVET system.

Some of the most important objectives and provisions in the Act are:

  • The establishment of the Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework (UVQF).
  • The continuation of the existence of the DIT subject to the Act with new and challenging roles and functions.
  • The establishment of the Industrial Training Council (ITC) as the policy making organ and supervisory body of the DIT.

Industrial Training Council (ITC)

The ITC is the policy-making organ of the Directorate and an advisory body to the Minister of Education and Sports on BTVET policy matters in the country.

ITC Composition

The ITC is composed of two committees;

The current composition of the members of the ITC and their Constituencies.

Functions of the ITC:

  • To develop and recommend policies in respect of the Directorate and its functions to the Minister.
  • To approve fees determined by the Directorate under the Act.
  • To approve the budget and monitor budgetary performance in the Directorate.
  • To prescribe by statutory instrument, rules for the following matters;
    • Assessment and Certification systems.
    • Accreditation and inspection of assessment centers.
    • Promotion of competence based business technical vocational education training (BTVET).
    • Apprenticeship training.
  • To carry out any other matter related to business technical vocational education training (BTVET).

Functions of DIT

The key functions of the Directorate are to:

  • To identify the needs of the labour market for occupational competencies that fall under the Uganda Vocational Qualification Framework (UVQF).
  • To regulate apprenticeship/traineeship/internship schemes.
  • To foster and promote entrepreneurial values and skills as an integral part of the UVQF.
  • To secure adequate and sustainable financing for the operation of the directorate.
  • To accredit training institutions or companies as UVQF assessment centers.
  • To assess and award Uganda Vocational Qualifications.
  • To develop, apply, expand and improve the purposeful application of UVQF.
  • To promote on the job training in industry for apprenticeship, trainee-ship and indenture/agreement training and other training such as further skills training schemes.
  • To prescribe the procedure for the making training schemes.

DIT’s Administrative Structure

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DIT’s Strategic Framework 2011/12 – 2015/16

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