EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO PROVIDE PREDEPARTURE ORIENTATION AND TRAINING SERVICES FOR UGANDA MIGRANT WORKERS
Improved access to information about jobs abroad and the proliferation of private employment agencies has led to an increase of Ugandans seeking employment abroad especially in the Middle East. It is estimated that about 100,000 Ugandan work in the Middle East alone. According to Bank of Uganda and Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Ugandan migrant workers in the Middle East remit about USD223 million to Uganda annually.
However, over the years, experience indicated that many people who seek work abroad have failed to adjust smoothly and also deal with distress effectively because of poor pre-departure career decisions as well as limited understanding of the demands of the jobs they seek. Others have failed to have a smooth cross cultural adjustment in the destination countries.
Consequently, pursuant to Regulation 70 of the Employment (Recruitment of Uganda Migrant Workers Abroad) Regulations, 2005, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development introduced mandatory pre-departure orientation and training for all persons seeking work abroad.