Despite the fact that COVID 19 has adversely affected the livelihood of many people world over, technology has come through to provide opportunities. The members of USSIA in the Electrical and Carpentry sectors, who were trained by experts from Germany attended the remote training through video conferencing software (Zoom Video conferencing and MS Teams) on 26th October 2020 to 30th October 2020 for the Electricians and 23rd November 2020 to 25th November 2020 for the Carpenters.
The remote expert training, implemented by USSIA with support from Welt Hunger Hilfe was funded by the German Cooperation/BMZ under the Skill Up! Kampala Project. The training aims at enhancing the skills and capacity of the USSIA members who are training providers in the Skill Up! Kampala Project.
Electrical engineers under the instruction of the German master artisan Manfred Franz Becker learnt various steps in electrical circuit sequencing. One of the highlights of the training was when the learners were tasked to make traffic lights. Meanwhile, in the hands of Leon Herl (a German Carpenter and Brick maker) the carpenters who attended the training were taken through the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) measures/practices observed in a carpentry workshop. The sessions in the training enlightened the participants about some of the risks in a carpentry workshop and ways of preventing one from such risks. A lively training resulted into members sharing various scenarios they faced in their workshops relating to OHS.
The remote skilling training is therefore a technical capacity building service that USSIA provides members in order to enhance their performance and efficiency to be able to grow and economically develop their enterprises while keeping safe from COVID 19.

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