State House on Wednesday launched a regional vocational training center for Acholi sub region in Gulu, a programme being implemented under the Special Presidential Initiative on skilling the youth program across the country.
The regional vocational training center for Acholi sub region will be hosted in Gulu district.
Under this program, youth are made to undergo a six-month mandatory training on tailoring, bakery, metal wielding and fabrication, carpentry, hairdressing, weaving, knitting, and shoe-making before being equipped and graduated after completing.
Speaking at the launch Lucy Nakyobe, the State House Controller who is also coordinating the program warned politicians in the region against politicizing the program that is aimed at addressing unemployment among the youth.
Government has since allocated about 130 billion shillings to kick start the project this financial year.
A similar regional centers are also being established in Lango, Tooro, Karamojong, Ankole, Teso, and Busoga.
Previously, the program was only piloted in some centers within Wakiso and Kampala districts since 2017.
Recently about 8,000 youths from various training centers in Kampala and Wakiso districts graduated after acquiring skills in tailoring, bakery, metal wielding and fabrication, carpentry, hairdressing, weaving, knitting, and shoe-making.