Graduate Training Program

About the program

In a bid to support youth employability and promote skills development in the construction industry, UNABCEC initiated the Graduate Training Program in 2019 to offer practical experiences/ training opportunities to the final year students/ fresh graduates of construction and engineering related fields.

The program aims at empowering tomorrow’s contractors and building the future for the construction industry. We believe that these early experiences give the graduates an important stepping-stone into their careers and help to produce the right professionals for the Construction Industry.

With the recent launch of the PPDA Guideline No.12 of 2024 on Reservation Schemes to promote the participation of Local Providers in public procurement, all contractors with projects above UGX 5 Billion are required to attach graduate trainees to promote knowledge and skills transfer. The UNABSEC GTP provides you with a list of shortlisted candidates ready for deployment.

The first 3 intakes of the program have seen a number of graduates taken up by member companies for practical training, the majority of whom have been retained as permanent employees and others are still under training. (Read the success stories of some participants in the different Issues of The Contractor Magazine available on

Towards the end of each academic year, the Association invites applications from eligible finalists/fresh graduates for this opportunity. A database of successfully shortlisted applicants is then availed to UNABCEC members and other construction companies to select the candidates of their choice. The duration of training and other terms and conditions are determined by the host company.

Eligible Host Companies

  1. UNABCEC Members
  2. Other Construction Contractors
  3. Construction Consultancy firms
  4. Any other private company or government agency employing services of construction professionals

Benefits of the program to the host company

  1. This program saves you the burden of advertising jobs for your company by bringing potential candidates closer to you.
  2. Tap into the benefits inherent to the young person, such as greater flexibility and willingness to learn, innovation and energy, higher skills and a greater optimism
  3. Benefits connected to workforce development and growing your own workforce, such as enhanced loyalty, reduced turnover, shared organizational culture, attracting talent and preparing for the future
  4. Benefits occur through greater workforce diversity, such as insights and connections to the market and customer base
  5. Greater cost-effectiveness due to no recruitment cost.

Support the young generation by choosing a trainee today from the list of shortlisted applicants. Download the shortlist and make a difference today!!!

4th Intake of the Program (2024)

Shortlisted Applicants

The shortlist includes both degree and diploma finalists/fresh graduates in the following construction and engineering-related fields;

  1. Civil Engineering/Building Construction
  2. Construction Management
  3. Mechanical Engineering
  4. Electrical Engineering
  5. Quantity Surveying/ Building Economics
  6. Water Engineering
  7. Automotive and Power Engineering
  8. Land Surveying

Click here to download the list of shortlisted applicants and support their dreams

All shortlisted applicants attended an online orientation - WORK READINESS WEBINAR which prepared them as they join the employment world.