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Carpentry, one of the ignored courses

By Stella Naigino

Added 8th February 2017 12:54 PM

“Vocational skills are one of the most rewarding skills that people should consider getting and not only aim at joining university, “says Ngobi’.

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Emma Kasubui and James Ngobi at their carpentry workshop

“Vocational skills are one of the most rewarding skills that people should consider getting and not only aim at joining university, “says Ngobi’.

After their primary seven, they realized that their parents had no money to take them for secondary education.

Emmanuel Kasubi and James Ngobi sat down and weighed their options. They either had to stay home or find ways of getting money to further their education.

Together, they started farming on their father’s small land and that’s how they raised money that enabled them to enroll for a carpentry course at jinja vocational institute at a junior level.

This took them three years to finish their certificate in carpentry, they further went for a diploma from the same.

Today they are carpenters and they do not regret making such a decision.

“Vocational skills are one of the most rewarding skills that people should consider getting and not only aim at joining university, “says Ngobi’.

He notes that after their diploma, they never gave up on farming; they continued and used their yields to raise capital to start up their carpentry workshop.

They raised shs 1million to rent a place, put up a timber structure and bought more timber to  make furniture of different designs which they put on display to attract customers.

Slowly the clients started coming to place orders for different things like doors, windows, house furniture and up to date, they are still running their carpentry.

Achievements

They note that by simply playing with timber, nails and glue, they are earning a living coupled with employing other people.

“Remember you become your own boss and all you have to do is make things like beds, chairs that are appealing to the customers and your good to go, “says Kasubi.

They note that their jobs are all over the place that they can never fail to take care of their families.

“Carpenters can work on building sites especially in the roofing section, putting a ceiling which makes the whole thing interesting, notes Ngobi.

However their challenges but since you have passion, it’s easy to deal with them.

Kasubi says clients sometimes tend to cheat by making orders and they never return to pick their items.

He adds that capital to start up workshops is never there or not enough which complicates everything.

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