alt="Image"  Youth employability cannot be ignored in the search for sustainable development strategies
Aim: The URDT Institute's aim is to economically empower the youth, by creating a critical mass of all-round male and female entrepreneurs who have integrity and the capacity to improve their own situation, create their own jobs, are responsible citizens and contribute to larger development goals.
The Institute was established in 1993 and offers:

  1. Long-term training in vocational skills, combined with training in entrepreneurship, business management, leadership, humanities, social sciences and development studies.
  2. Short term courses in employable skills in farming as a business, bricklaying and concrete practice, metal works and mechanics, carpentry, tailoring and knitting machine repairs, establishment of a bakery, food processing and others.

The URDT Institute has the capacity to train 40 students on annual basis in an integrated course and over 200 students on short term courses.
URDT graduates found employment in various parts of the region. There are 7 groups of welders and mechanics in Kagadi town, 3 groups of tailors, 3 groups involved in carpentry, 2 groups in art crafts and design, 1 group in food processing, 5 secretarial bureaus and 1 CSO thanks to the initiatives of our graduates.
The tool refurbished programme enabled 30 artisans to gain skills in tools refurbishing. Over 600 artisan groups have been trained in entrepreneurship and business management and 3300 artisans from Hoima, Kibaale, Kyenjojo, Kasese and Bundibugyo have accessed tools.
The Institute also trained 68 FAL instructors, 58 community based technicians (of which 25% are women), 80 birth attendants and over 50 solar technicians from various districts. For more results, see table at the bottom and the mini-estates project for Farmers.

Management and Partnerships
The URDT Institute is headed by a Principle. It has 5 teachers and 5 trainers. Subject matter specialists are hired from the other URDT departments on part-time basis.
The Institute has good working relationships with the Ministry of Education and Sports, St. Peters' vocational institutes, Uganda Association of Private Vocational Institutions (UGAPRIVI), ETC-the Netherlands, Tools to Work (former Derde Wereld Werkplaats)- the Netherlands, Tools for Self Reliance-UK, PUM-the Netherlands and PRICON-Uganda.
The Institute has established a Service and Training Centre for Sewing and Knitting with the following purposes:

  1. refurbish sewing- and knitting machines for sale to artisans, vocational training institutions (VTIIs) and graduates of training courses
  2. sales of spare parts and repair services to the above
  3. training in tailoring, knitting and maintenance for youth to gain meaningful employability



URDT-ARU holds a staff
conference with an aim of
orienting staff on the core
principles of the organization

URDT institute graduates are
championing entrepreneurship in
the communities

Graduates urged to seek
self-employment during
the African Rural University
4th Graduation ceremony

African rural university
Students clean Kagadi town
streets and market in a move
to keep the Town Council clean

Robert Fritz
Trains Over 200 URDT Staff and
Community Leaders on Visionary
Leadership at URDT

URDT Cervical Cancer project Launched
in Kagadi on the 26th January 2018 at URDT

Government of Uganda praises URDT
for transforming the youth and the country

H.E president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Commissioned the Kagadi Kibaale Media House
On 13th November 2015, at URDT campus

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Upcoming Major Events



  • Training of URDT Board and Managers of Workshops on Management and Sustainability of the Institute by Tools to Work On 20th/01/2018

  • Installation and launch of KKC TV at the media house.

  • Launching of the WASH project (construction of micro flush toilets, installation of water purification systems and construction of washrooms) that URDT will implement with support from Rotary international.

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URDT and ARU Management has held its Staff Conference for 2019
URDT Institute Students during their Welding classes
Institute Hands on
Institute Hands on
View of URDT Campus
Our Campus
Our Campus
Cervical cancer project
Training Cervical cancer nurses
Training Cervical cancer nurses
pupils in their farms
Pupil Managed School Farm
Pupil Managed School Farm
URDT embraces culture
Cultural Asset center
Cultural Asset center
KKCR Acts as a forum for participation and information sharing for rural transformation
Information Sharing by KKC Radio
Information Sharing by KKC Radio
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