Who is NVTC?


Nakawa Vocational Training College (NVTC) is a Public Vocational Training Institution under the Ministry of Education & Sports (MoES) supervised by the BTVET Department. The College was established in 1971 as a Vocational center through a bilateral cooperation by the Governments of Uganda (GOU) and  Japan with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as the executing organ of the Government of Japan. The primary objective of the establishment was to provide vocational training to workers in industries to upgrade their skills so as to enable them address the job challenges arising from the changing technology in enterprises. The support included building of infrastructure, provision of equipment, dispatch of experts and training of Ugandan instructors in Japan. The institute started with four trades; Electricity, Metal Machining, Motor Vehicle and Welding and Fabrication. Through this project, it is estimated that between 300 to 500 workers were trained and a number of Ugandan counterpart personnel were trained. Between 1997-2002, the Institute benefited from a 2nd phase project supported by the Governments of Uganda and Japan, which was implemented by JICA. The project undertook: (i) rehabilitation and expansion of the Institute facilities; (ii) provision of additional equipment and tools and; (iii) training of personnel (Instructors and Managers) staff. Three new feilds of training were added namely; Electronics, Woodworking and Sheetmetal and a new training programme (Basic Training) targeting pre employment youths was started. During the project period close to 452 youths and 165 workers from industries were trained. From 2002, a programme for consolidation of the project achievements and improving the Institute responsiveness to industrial training needs in terms of new technology in three selected fields was introduced. The programme was intended to transfer modern technologies to practicing instructors in three fields.   (i) Electricity : Factory Automation / Programmable Logical Control (ii) Electronics : Digital Technology (iii) Automotive: Electric Fuel Injection   The programme, which was known as Third Country and In-country Training spread out to the entire sub-region as instructors from Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Eritrea and Host Country Uganda participated. In June 2006, a complementary project for Instructor Training for Vocational Education Training (ITVET) was instituted. The project’s aim was to upgrade the competencies of in-service vocational training instructors in pedagogy and technical skills in Electronics, Electricity, Motor vehicle and Metal Fabrication. NVTI staff aligned to the project were trained in Japan as Master Trainers and participated in implementing  the Diploma and Certificate in Vocational Training Instruction (CVTI and DVTI) training programmes. The first batch of 34 in-service instructors completed their 9-month course in March 2009.   In 2015, JICA supported NVTI with a new Technical Cooperation project on TVET Leading Istitutions Expansion of Human Resource and Skilled Workforce Development for Industrial Sector in Uganda (TVET LEAD). The purpose of this project was to develop the capacity of the institution for human resource development responding to the needs of the private sector. The project had four components; i. Establishing Diploma programmes in Electrical and Automobile Engineering, ii. Establishing Mechatronics upgrading training, iii. Strengthening management capacity of NVTI, iv. Strenghtening the function of NVTI to support otherBTVET institutions. The project supported the institution to become a Vocational college offering qualifications aligned to the Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework (UVQF) Level IV.


To provide excellent vocational training, research and consultancy for career growth and national development


A leader in Vocational skilling for empowerment and transformative development.


In order for the college to fulfill its mandate the following objectives are our Centre of focus;

1. To provide vocational skills training for employment entry, career growth and development

2. To upgrade the graduates of the BTVET institutions from craft level to technician level of the UVQF,

3. To provide upgrading training for workers in industries to cater for needs of the growing industries

4. To upgrade the skills of in-service instructors of BTVET Institutions sfsd


The principal is the head of the college and is assisted by two Deputy Principals I.e. the Deputy Principal Administration and the Deputy Principal Training. There are eight departments directly involved in the execution of the training programmes. These departments are Electricity, Electronics, Machining and fitting, Motor Vehicle Mechanics, wood working, Plumbing and Sheet metal, Welding and Fabrication and Building and construction The Instructor and manager training department addresses the BTVET Instructors’ training delivery skills and managers. All the 9 departments are managed by a Head of Department (HOD), 2 senior instructors, 3 Instructors and 2 Assistant Instructors. All Instructors have benefited from skills transfer from JICA Experts and German experts who are attached to each department. The college receives short-term JICA experts and German experts from time to time when it is necessary for specialized training in different areas.


Basic training programmes Admission for basic, both full time and part time starts at the beginning of January as soon as O’level results are released. Advertisements are run in the news media and the minimum requirement for applicants is “O” level or its equivalent with good passes in English, Math and Sciences. Applications duly filled in are returned to the reception and thereafter, the short listed applicants undertake verification and successful applicants report for training during the 2nd week of February of each year. Special Training Programs Enrollment is done on request by the interested persons and organizations. In-service Instructor and Managers Training The enrollment is handled by the Department of Teacher Instructor Education and Training (TIET)