With jobs being scarce, the information technology industry continues to show a promising demand trend. However, with the changing needs of society and technology advancement, ICT technicians need to be equipped with modern knowledge, skills and attitude in order to competently fit in the ever changing labour market.
This need called for the review of the NCIT curriculum to make it competence based and also input content that addresses the contemporary needs of the labour market. This curriculum will equip learners with the currently required knowledge and skills in information technology and give them advantage to take on a lot of opportunities and jobs that include;
a) Typesetting documents.
b) Managing computer repair workshops.
c) Support in setting up, configuring and troubleshooting a Local Area Network (LAN).
d) Web designing and performing computer graphics. This curriculum is in line with the BTVET
A candidate shall be eligible for admission to the National Certificate in Information and Communication Technology (NCIT) programme on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:
a) Ordinary Level Entry Scheme (Uganda Certificate of Education entry scheme)
The candidate should be a holder of a Uganda Certificate of Education Education (UCE) with at least three passes obtained in the same year of sitting.
While modules like Microsoft Office Applications, Computer Ethics, HTML Web programming, Computer Graphics and Photo Editing, Web site Development, Electronic Communication and Networks, Basic Computer Maintenance, will enable the learner to demonstrate core ICT skills.
Industrial Training which is done at the end of each academic year is aimed at bridging the gap between institutional-based training and the world of work.
This curriculum includes a professional profile, which was developed as an amalgamation of the various tasks from which modules have been formed. The skills to be acquired will enhance the learners’ confidence and ability to participate effectively in income generating activities, not only as members of the business world, but also as creative citizens dealing with issues emanating from the works that impact on other people’s lives