FACT SHEET: THE PROFESSIONAL DRIVER TRAINING UGANDA (PDTU) PROJECT
• The PDTU project is a strategic intervention aimed at responding to anticipated high and increasing demand for qualified commercial drivers.
• GIZ, Transaid and Safe Way Right Way (SWRW) launched the project in July 2017, with support from industry partners, and in partnership with the Government of Uganda.
• The GIZ E4D/SOGA - Employment and Skills for Eastern Africa will implement the project in partnership with Transaid and Safe Way Right Way.
• The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).
• In coming years, transport and logistics companies serving oil and gas infrastructure projects and other large scale investments in Uganda will hire over 2000 new drivers.
• The overall PDTU project objective is to build the capacity of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and Passenger Service Vehicle (PSVs) driver training in cooperation with industry partners.
• Successful professional driver training is intended to lead to increased employment of Ugandan drivers and improved road safety in Uganda.
• The PDTU project will provide training for at least 12 driver trainers.
• The driver trainers will in turn train 800 drivers of Large Commercial Vehicles.
• Trainees will be expected to pay a training fee of sh990,000 with the first 100 to register receiving at 50% discount.
• The training will be provided in accordance with the East African Community standardised curriculum.
• Only drivers with valid driving permits that they have held for at least three years in the relevant class will be eligible for training. When?
• The PDTU project will be implemented from November 2016 to August 2019.
• SWRW has established a new training facility in Mukono district, which will offer theoretical and practical training to drivers of HGVs and PSVs.
• Three existing driving schools are also receiving support to strengthen and maintain the quality of their training.