Partners launch Professional Driver Training project

6 July 2017 – At least 12 driver trainers and 800 drivers of Large Commercial Vehicles are set to receive training in accordance with the East African Community Standardised Curriculum for Drivers of Large Commercial Vehicles.

This was announced during the launch of the Professional Driver Training Uganda (PDTU) project, which took place at KCCA football grounds on 6 July 2017.

GIZ E4D/SOGA - Employment and Skills for Eastern Africa, Safe Way Right Way and Transaid will implement the project, with support from industry partners, and in partnership with the Government of Uganda.

The PDTU project is a strategic intervention aimed at responding to anticipated high and increasing demand for qualified commercial drivers. In coming years, transport and logistics companies serving oil and gas infrastructure projects and other large scale investments in Uganda, will hire over 2,000 new drivers.

“The oil and gas sector in Uganda is now at the long-awaited take-off phase where a beehive of activity is expected with over US$20 billion of investment expected in this economy,” said the Minister of State for Energy, Hon. Eng. Simon D’Ujanga. “We have a responsibility to ensure that Ugandans tap into these opportunities and benefit from a significant share of this investment.”

Hon. Aggrey Henry Bagiire, the Minister of State for Transport, who alongside Hon. Eng. D’Ujanga, conducted a symbolic flagging off of the training vehicle at the launch, noted the need for a multi-sectoral approach to influence road user behaviour especially for drivers.

“Driving competence and knowledge is a key foundation on road safety that demonstrates the driver’s abilities to use the road,” said Hon. Bagiire. “A well-structured driver training and testing regime ensures that this knowledge and skills are acquired before road use.”

He reiterated that as Uganda continues to position itself in the region as a logistics distribution hub, the country should be prepared with skilled drivers, ready to take advantage of these opportunities, whilst also contributing to improved road safety through standardised training of commercial drivers.

The PDTU project will provide training for at least 12 driver trainers, who will in turn train 800 drivers of Large Commercial Vehicles, in accordance with the East African Community Standardised Curriculum for Drivers of Large Commercial Vehicles. The training is expected to surpass all the currently available training in Uganda in both quality and relevance.

Safe Way Right Way has established a new training facility in Mukono district. The facility will offer theoretical and practical training to drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles and Passenger Service Vehicles. Three existing driving schools are also receiving support to strengthen and maintain the quality of their training.

“The development of skills is critical in ensuring that nationals are able to participate in important sectors like oil and gas and industrialisation,” said Ms. Sarah Mann, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Uganda. “Specifically for Uganda, the programme supports the government’s ambitions in developing national content.”

“The project is a model example of how development cooperation will have to work in the future to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals,” said Mr. Christan Schnurre, GIZ Country Director. “It has already been seen that donor funding alone will not suffice if we are to achieve these ambitious, jointly set goals….this form of public-private partnership will be key in combatting many development challenges in Uganda.”

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).