IUCEA conducts capacity building for ILOs and Communication Officers

IUCEA conducts capacity building for ILOs and Communication Officers

By Godwin Bonge Muhwezi
The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), through the East African Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration project, held a capacity building program for Industrial Liaison Officers and Communication Officers from Regional Flagship TVET Institutes (RFTIs). The training sessions were designed to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their roles and ensure effective implementation of the EASTRIP Project.

The trainings are part of the EASTRIP capacity building initiative funded by the World Bank to enhance the capacity of these vital personnel and strengthen the TVET sector across the region.

Communication Officers who participated in the training in Jinja, Uganda.

The training for Industry Liaison Officers focused on creating high-performance strategic partnerships, while the communication officers learned how to leverage success stories to enhance the image of the Regional Flagship TVET institutes. Under the guidance of seasoned industry experts and trainers, the Industry Liaison Officers delved into the intricacies of forging strategic partnerships. They learned about effective communication techniques, negotiation skills, and the importance of aligning TVET innovations with market needs. Participants engaged in practical exercises and case studies, which allowed them to apply their newfound knowledge in a simulated environment. These immersive activities not only reinforced their learning but also fostered collaboration and networking among the participants.

The training for communication officers focused on harnessing the power of success stories to bolster the image and reputation of the Regional Flagship TVET Institutes. The communication officers received comprehensive training on storytelling techniques, creating effective communication strategies, and utilizing various media platforms to highlight the achievements, innovations, and impact of TVET institutes in the region. By crafting compelling narratives and showcasing the success stories of graduates, the communication officers aimed to change public perceptions of TVET and attract more students to this valuable educational pathway.

Speaking at the opening session of the training programme, the EASTRIP Regional Project Coordinator for EASTRIP, Dr. Cosam Joseph said, “By equipping these officers with the necessary skills and knowledge, we are paving the way for a more prosperous and innovative TVET sector in East Africa. Their efforts in building strategic partnerships and shaping positive perceptions will undoubtedly contribute to the economic growth and development of our region.”

Project Coordinators and Industry Liaison Officers after the training in Jinja, Uganda.

The training sessions facilitated meaningful discussions, fostered cross-institutional collaborations, and encouraged the sharing of ideas and experiences among the participants. The IUCEA team ensured that the trainings were interactive and engaging, allowing the officers to practice their skills and develop actionable plans to implement in their respective institutions.

The Writer is the Project Communication Officer for EASTRIP at IUCEA.

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