Gov’t  announces compulsory certification for ICT roles among civil servants

Gov’t  announces compulsory certification for ICT roles among civil servants
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The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of ICT, Dr. Aminah Zawedde, has announced that starting in the next financial year, certification will be mandatory for all government employees in ICT-related positions.

This decision was made during the second Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting for the UJ-Connect Project, held in Kampala in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Dr. Zawedde emphasised that certification will be a prerequisite for individuals aspiring to be promoted to senior roles such as principal, assistant, or commissioner within the government.

"Certification will not be mandatory for graduates. However, for government employees, starting from the next financial year, obtaining certifications will be necessary for promotion. Without these certifications, we cannot guarantee your competence for the assigned tasks," she clarified.

She highlighted the professional nature of IT careers and the increasing demand for certified professionals in the industry.

To bridge this gap, the government plans to establish a center of excellence under the Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT) to offer specialized training and certification.

"The industry is increasingly seeking individuals with certification, indicating practical skills and competence. To meet this demand, we're establishing a center of excellence where individuals can acquire specialized skills and certifications not offered in universities," Dr. Zawedde explained.

Regarding the UJ-Connect Project launched in July 2023, Dr. Zawedde emphasized its role in enhancing existing programs and upgrading teachers to align with current trends. The project aims to strengthen Uganda's ICT industry through policy support, human resource development, business matching, and mentorship.

She also mentioned the development of a skill set standard booklet covering seven priority skilling areas, along with the revision of intellectual property policy guidelines to meet global standards.

To equip Ugandan youth with essential skills, several short courses have been designed, benefiting over 2,000 individuals, with capacity building for trainers already underway.

Yoichi Inoue, the JICA chief representative, stressed the importance of project sustainability and urged the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance to focus on the future of the project and the ICT industry during the next three years of implementation.

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