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BUSINESS, TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

   1.   Objectives of Act.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF BTVET.

   3.   Objective of BTVET.

   4.   BTVET principles and concepts.

   5.   Scope and levels of BTVET.

PART III
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROVIDERS OF BTVET.

Public providers.

   6.   Community polytechnics.

   7.   Vocational training centres and institutes

   8.   Technical institutes

   9.   Technical colleges and specialised training institutions

Private providers.

   10.   Non-public providers.

   11.   Non-formal providers.

   12.   Formal enterprise based training.

PART IV
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK.

   13.   Continuation of Directorate of Industrial Training.

   14.   Functions of Directorate.

   15.   Industrial Training Council.

   16.   Composition of Council.

   17.   Tenure of office of members of Council.

   18.   Functions of Council.

   19.   Committees of Council.

PART V
THE UGANDA VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK (UVQF).

   20.   Establishment of Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework.

   21.   Award and recognition of certificates under UVQF.

PART VI
FINANCING OF BTVET.

   22.   Establishment of a training levy.

   23.   Establishment of Training Levy Fund.

   24.   Finances of the Fund.

   25.   Purposes for which the Fund may be applied.

PART VII
MISCELLANEOUS.

   26.   Establishment of examination boards.

   27.   Reports.

   28.   Offences and penalties.

   29.   Regulations.

   30.   Amendment of Schedules.

   31.   Effect on existing technical examinations.

   32.   Repeal, amendment and savings.

 

      Schedule 1   Currency point.

      Schedule 2   Meetings of the Industrial Training Council.

 

BUSINESS, TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT.

   An Act to provide for the promotion and coordination of business, technical, vocational education and training; to provide for the principles governing BTVET; to establish the institutional framework for the promotion and coordination of BTVET; to establish the Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework; to provide for the financing of BTVET and for other related matters.

Commencement: 18 July, 2008.

 

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

 

1.   Objectives of Act.

   The objectives of this Act are—

   (a)   to define the scope and levels of BTVET programmes and the roles of the different stakeholders in the provision of BTVET;

   (b)   to separate the training and delivery of BTVET from quality assurance functions;

   (c)   to establish an institutional framework for the promotion and coordination of BTVET;

   (d)   to specify the provider of BTVET;

   (e)   to provide for mechanisms and establishment of organs responsible for the regulation of qualifications (standards, assessment and certification) and training delivery in formal and non-formal institution.

 

2.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   "accreditation" refers to the process and criteria for approving the training programmes and training infrastructure of BTVET institutions;

   "assessment" means the process of generating evidence and judging the evidence against previously established standards;

   "BTVET" stands for business, technical, vocational education and training;

   "BTVET institution" means a school, technical institute, college or centre offering approved BTVET courses leading to the award of certificates or diplomas;

   "certification" means the formal process of crediting a candidate with a record of his or her achievement;

   "Council" means the Industrial Training Council continued in existence by section 15;

   "currency point" means the value assigned to a currency point in Schedule 1;

   "Directorate" means the Directorate of Industrial Training;

   "formal training" refers to instructions given in schools, institutes, centres, colleges or specifically designed training areas, usually conducted within a structured programme with defined training objectives;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for education;

   "modular training" means a system in which the training content is divided into independent units or modules of learning;

   "non-formal training" refers to a flexible programme capable of rapid change according to an individual's needs which takes place in a non-formal environment, usually with more emphasis on activities directly related to work;

   "qualifications framework" refers to the qualifications framework established by section 20;

   "training levy" means the tax imposed under section 22;

   "UVQF" stands for Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework.

 

PART II
GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF BTVET.

 

3.   Objective of BTVET.

   The objective of BTVET is—

   (a)   to provide relevant knowledge, values and skills for purposes of academic progression and employment in the labour market;

   (b)   to provide access to BTVET to a larger number of persons;

   (c)   to improve the quality of BTVET;

   (d)   to make BTVET affordable;

   (e)   to enhance the productivity capabilities of the individual for employment and self-employment;

   (f)   to monitor gaps between supply and demand for skills; and

   (g)   to facilitate sound and sustainable financing and funding mechanisms for business technical vocational education training.

 

4.   BTVET principles and concepts.

   BTVET in Uganda shall be based on the following principles and concepts—

   (a)   to promote an integrated, demand driven and competent based modular BTVET system where learners enter the system at various points suited to their skills and needs, with their qualifications certified and recognised at different levels;

   (b)   to promote the development of formal and non-formal institutions in the public and private sector;

   (c)   to incorporate and support training by non-public BTVET institutions and non-formal enterprise based training;

   (d)   to recognise skills that are both formally and non-formally acquired;

   (e)   to link formal and non-formal education and training and their respective curriculae;

   (f)   to establish a qualifications framework based on defined occupational standards and assessment criteria for the different sectors of the economy;

   (g)   to promote types of BTVET qualifications and the number of people to be trained in accordance with the market requirements;

   (h)   to increase equitable access to disadvantaged groups such as women and people with disabilities;

   (i)   to institutionalise counselling and guidance and advocate for sensitisation and social mobilization;

   (j)   to provide continuous training to managers and staff of BTVET institutions;

   (k)   to promote continuous and lifelong business technical vocational education training;

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