Makerere University graduants rejoice during their ceremony. Image Credit: banaadirweyne
Makerere University graduants rejoice during their ceremony. Image Credit: banaadirweyne

A Uganda-based Norwegian Tech-Firm (Laboremus) says it is ready to employ graduates who got First Class degrees in Information Communication Technology from Makerere University.

During its 66th graduation ceremony, Makerere University presented the full list of all First Class graduates, which included: Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (one student), Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (15 students) and Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (two students).
In an interview with Daily Monitor recently, Ms Lucrezia Biteete, the managing director, advised the graduates to send in their applications.

Makerere University graduates jubilate during their graduation ceremony. Image Credit: eastafricanvanguard
Makerere University graduates jubilate during their graduation ceremony. Image Credit: eastafricanvanguard

“If their name is on the official list, they can send an email to recruitment@laboremus.no, and provide us with a CV, motivation letter and proof of identity. Based on that we will schedule an interview for them and if they pass we will offer them an opportunity in Laboremus,” she said.
Uganda is faced with the problem of youth unemployment currently at 83 per cent, a situation which has continued to affect Uganda’s development process.

Ms Lucrezia said since they want to expand the company, the leading software development firm in Uganda has decided to invite all the best brains within ICT for interviews and possible job offers.
The company, which was set up in Uganda in 2013, has become one of the leading software developing firms in the region. Laboremus currently exports software to Norway and Kenya.

It has developed an HIV/Aids mapping tool for the Uganda Aids Commission, and providing a new investor platform (portal) for the Uganda Investment Authority called the one stop centre, among other software.
“Laboremus has also provided software for digital archives for the Ministry of Internal Affairs for passports and for the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development for teachers’ payroll,” she said.

The company works for local clients on systems such as digital archives, monitoring and evaluation/management information systems, web portals and mobile applications, in addition to developing customised software such as business process automation, business intelligence and internet banking.

Unemployment
According to statistics, the unemployment rate for young people ages 15 to 24 is 83 per cent. This rate is even higher for those who have formal degrees and live in urban areas. This is due to the disconnect between the degree achieved and the vocational skills needed for the jobs that are in demand for workers.

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[Daily Mointor]