Construction will begin this year on a 273 km long standard gauge railway line to connect the Ugandan capital Kampala with the town of Mabala on the Kenyan border. This is great news for technicians looking for work opportunities, as the $2.3 billion project is likely to create many employment prospects in the years to come.
The construction project will upgrade the current outdated meter gauge railway. It has been in use since colonial times and only accounts for 5% of the goods transported from Kampala to Kenya. The new railway will halve the transport costs of a 32-ton container and reduce transport time from 21 days by road to just 1 day by rail.
Future railway construction will provide jobs
The Kampala-Mabala line is due for completion in 2020. It is the first phase of a greater plan to upgrade railways in East Africa, connecting inland towns and cities with major East African ports. Kenya will be completing the line between Mabala on the Ugandan-Kenyan border and Mombasa. Later phases will further connect the great lakes countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi with the ports of Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam.
The railway project is being funded by the Chinese Export–Import Bank. Uganda is seen as a good credit risk because of the recent discovery of oil in the Lake Albert basin, which is estimated to be able to provide Uganda with approximately $43 billion over the next 25 years.
An opportunity for technician training in Uganda
The railway construction project opens many opportunities for skilled technicians looking for reliable employment. Technicians working in the construction industry can enhance their skills with free online courses for technicians sponsored by Caterpillar University.
Technicians for Africa offers a free technician training program that consists of 18 modules, educating technicians on the Cat® machinery commonly used in the construction industry. From identifying equipment for different uses to assembly, safety and maintenance, these courses provide technicians will the extra skills and knowledge to give them the edge when seeking employment. The courses are completed online over a period of 3 to 6 months and are free. Technicians who successfully complete all 18 modules receive a certificate that recognizes them as Foundational Level 1 and Level 2 certified technicians.
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