The discovery of oil raises expectations of employment opportunities during the development phase.
In Uganda, there was a lack of qualified people to perform mid-level functions for the nascent oil industry.
There was a willingness among development partners and oil and gas companies to invest in vocational training and skills development. However, the means of doing this was unclear.
Montrose was contracted to scope and design a new joint funding arrangement that would respond to both the short-term need for vocational training in the oil sector as well as the medium- and long-term requirement to build vocational training capacity among Ugandan training institutions.
A comprehensive review of similar initiatives and of the current vocational training environment in Uganda, including capacity, new initiatives and the selection of potential partner institutions was carried out.
This was followed by extensive stakeholder consultations with potential development agency and oil industry partners to discuss funding and management arrangements and their willingness to participate in a proposed basket fund.
Consultation and review conducted by Montrose culminated in the design of a funding model for the development of vocational skills training of the oil sector in Uganda and brokering of partnerships for the proposed fund, including contribution determination.
Montrose scoped and designed a vocational training fund addressing the needs and priorities of the private sector, government and development agencies.