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St Johns College of Science & Technology is a unique college of higher learning established to advance transformation of students into employable, service oriented, highly skilled, self-sustaining, morally & ethically competent workforce with strong holistic and intellectual development. The college creates a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success, enables students actualize their potential and desire to succeed. By designing appropriate instruction and learning methods, the college enables students realize their greatest potential and transforms them into productive professionals. They are able to adopt and adjust to the diverse and ever-changing society, develop multiple abilities and become agents of Socio-economic transformation.

our services

Transformation & learning

We offer competency based, applicable, practical skills insisting on transformation & learning rather than teaching and instruction, focused on equipping learners with skills for job creation & production and attaining lifelong learning.

Coursework’s & real life projects

A Project shall constitute a number of tasks and be assigned to learners by their handlers based on the curriculum/ program of study or needs of the community at the beginning of the training period or course. The assigned tasks shall be within easy reach of the learner such as the training institution and its environment

Industrial training

The purpose of industrial training is to enable student handlers assess formally educational attainments, intelligence, aptitude, personality and character of their learners developed during the training period by exposing the trainee to the environment in the world of work

Research projects

Design and Research Projects shall be undertaken by Diploma students in future as shall be specified in the curriculum of the respective program/course. The learner shall prepare a proposal, submit a project or research report.

Open days / exhibitions

There is an annual program to exhibit the works, inventions of the learners & the college. Community services will be offered during this period as a corporate social responsibility.


There is an innovation fund to incentivize learner and handler innovations. Such products will be patented and developed for mass production through this fund or linked to investors.

Student product / innovation shop

The student innovation shop shall be open to the public to offer products or services to the community

Complementary skill

The routine curriculum is blended with complementary skills training to develop a holistic graduate that is employable, productive and self-sustaining

Tours/Exchange visits

There are routine tours and exchange visits involving learners & their handlers to facilitate skills development and pick best practices in the industry.

Bursaries & scholarships

The College offers bursaries and half bursaries to needy but capable learners based on a thorough assessment/survey.

Field trips

For especially agriculture & forestry, routine trips to model farms and forest centers occur throughout the transformation.

Field trips

For especially agriculture & forestry, routine trips to model farms and forest centers occur throughout the transformation.

Core academic programs

National Certificates

The courses are offered for course duration of two academic years and equated as Advanced level equivalent. The graduates qualify as crafts men and women. The entry requirement to these courses is a holder of Uganda Certificate of Education or Uganda Junior Technical Certificate or Community Polytechnic Certificate of Education or a degree or diploma in any a specialized field
The course assessment has a combination of 40% continuous assessment at Institutional level (Laboratory tests, hands on practical involvement, assignments and class tests) and 60% National final examinations (hands on practical, presentations, pen and paper examinations) by Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB).

Currently available include
  • National Certificate in Agriculture (NCA)
  • National Certificate in Tailoring and Fashion Design (NCFD)
  • National Certificate in Information and Communication Technology (NCICT)
  • National Certificate in Welding & Fabrication
  • National Certificate in Building construction
  • National Certificate in Plumbing

National Junior Vocational Certificates (Community polytechnic certificates)

The courses are offered for course duration of three academic years but equated as Ordinary Level equivalent. The graduates qualify as artisans with Uganda Junior Technical Certificate (UJTC). The entry requirement to these courses is a holder of Primary Leaving Examinations Certificate.
The course assessment has a combination of 40% continuous assessment at school level (laboratory tests, hands on practical involvement, assignments and class tests) and 60% national final examinations (hands on practical, presentations, written examinations) by Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB).

Currently available include
  • Block laying & concrete practice (BCP)
  • Carpentry & Joinery (CJ)
  • Fashion & Garment Design
  • Welding & Fabrication
  • Plumping
  • Automotive Mechanics

Competence National Certificates (Artisan or skills courses)

The courses are offered for course duration ranging from weeks, 3 months, 9 months, 1 year. The main purpose of these short courses is to skill citizens. The entry requirement to these courses is those without Primary Leaving Examination Certificate but have interest, holders of Primary Leaving Examinations Certificate, Uganda Certificate of Education and any other professional qualifications.
A learner is allowed to offer particular modules of his/her interest and allowed go to the industry or world of work for employment or job creation on attainment of required competences. The graduates qualify as apprentices, with a Competence National Certificate or college certificate which is not classified. A learner may offer the outlined modules of the course in sets and upon completion, they lead to the award of a classified National Certificate.

Currently available include
  • Knitting & weaving
  • Saloon & Hair dressing
  • Tailoring & cutting garment
  • Building construction
  • Motorcycle repair
  • Welding & Metal fabrication
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Poultry/Piggery industry & business
  • Farm/ Nursery Management

Specialized trainings

This is a STEP-BY-STEP business start-up and improvement program developed by the International Labor Organization (ILO) for emerging & established entrepreneurs to develop or strengthen business management skills. It is delivered by ILO certified trainers with key outcomes of business idea generation, business start & improvement and ultimately job creation

Currently available include
  • Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) program.

our unique advantages

Facilities, Tools & equipment

St Johns College of Science & Technology placed a proposal in 2020 for Vocational Tools & Equipment and received assorted vocational tools & equipment in November 2020 to set up Carpentry & Motor Mechanic workshops, assorted tools for the trades of Tailoring & Garment construction, Knitting & Weaving, Welding & Fabrication, Plumbing, Electrical installation systems, Saloon & hair dressing among others. Apart from the donation received, the College raised funds to acquire more training models to augment the donation. Furthermore, the College has good training facilities such as classroom furniture, some computers, training modules among others

Wider Reach

The College has three (3) campuses in Arua (Main), Koboko & Terego (Kubala Trading Centre). With this we have attracted a rich pool of knowledge experts in the TVET sector whom the College can switch within the campuses on need basis. There are also regular staff & student exchanges between the campuses. This provides for sharing of best practices, innovations, peer to peer support among others

Functional Programming

We design, approach & offer functional programs (training courses) tailored towards labor market orientation and based on UVQF standards and assessment against these standards. To achieve this, the college has set up a very strong academic leadership, attaches a non-negotiable value to high standards of training and has a very strong commitment to achieving its goals and objectives

Strong Institution Private Sector Linkages

As part of our training programming, students go through theory, hands on (workshop exposure), Market exposure and internship placements. This has enabled us to build a rich network of industry partners for different TVET pathways in Arua, Koboko & Terego. This network is also significant for labour market assessments and market information. We have running MoU’s with these partners and expose our students to the various industries at different phases of the skills training program

Fair Logistical & Infrastructural Capacity

-The College Campuses in Arua & Terego sit in our own land with freehold titles. The Campus in Koboko has a long running MoU with Koboko District Local Government. This has created stability for the Colleges. Furthermore, the college owns one (1) pick up truck, one (1) Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and two (2) Toyota Corona vehicles as modules and driving instruction.

Competent Human Resource & Corporate Governance

The College has a very strong recruitment system that emphasises recruitment of highly qualified, experienced and highly motivated teaching staff. Most (70%) of our instructors are trained in Technical instruction (Diploma or Certificate). The remaining 30% have the required qualifications and on job experience. The staff are well motivated to stay focussed on delivery of high standards of training. The College has a functional Governance structure that has a Governing Council, Parent-Teachers body, Student’s guild administration among others


post training follow up

Start-up Kits

Our experience shows that students need start up kit support postgraduation for transition from education (skill) to enterprise. Many of the students come from under served and less privileged communities with gross economic difficulties. Partner support would be the most effective intervention. At College level, we designed a production scheme where our departments are engaged in production with proceeds shared between the College (50%), Student (30%), Instructor (20%) because they contribute materials & tools, labour and supervision during the production process. A savings scheme has been designed to enable the student save this money through out the training life cycle for acquisition of start-up kits post-graduation.

Post-Graduation Trainings

St Johns College of Science & Technology offers Business Development Services using the International Labour Organization Start & Improve Your Business approach to develop viable enterprises. This approach works for both educated & un educated to generate business ideas, set up businesses after concrete business plans, improve already established businesses using targeted support in areas such as stock control, costing, managing business & family relations, marketing among others. Furthermore, the College also offers trainings in life skills, financial literacy, VSLA methodology.

Business Diagnosis

The College has undertaken business diagnosis for several enterprises it supported to build. This ranges from market studies, business audits, management audits among others through which the state of the health of the enterprises is determined.

Exchange Visits / Match Making

The College on many occasions facilitates exchange visits between entrepreneurs for cross learning and sharing of experiences (best practices). Furthermore, the ability to match entrepreneurs who share business challenges & opportunities for support has been undertaken by the College in the past. We also match skills to opportunity for employment creation through our strong private sector linkage.

Coaching & Mentorship

: Most of our instructors posses industries in their chosen trades. Their workshops/industries provide avenues for mentorship & placements. We have continued to facilitate them to share real life experiences in their chosen trades and support to mentor our trainees after graduation to enable post-graduation transition from education (skill) to enterprise.

Certification of students

Towards the end of the training cycle, student list of registration from the College is delivered to the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) and registration forms are provided for each student and are eventually registered with index numbers to enable them sit exams. After completion of exams, the students who have passed well are certified by the Directorate.


incentivizing the girl child

Institutionalizing Affirmative action

The College will share the slots to favour increased enrolment of the girl child. This has been designed as an institutional policy and the focal admissions unit is particularly gender responsive during the admission process.

Female / Girl child led awareness on TVET pathways

: On regular occasions, the College will involve female students, staff during community engagements to motivate & inspire the girl child. Young women shall be an integral part of the peer-to-peer outreach & community engagement programs earlier discussed.

Gender responsive teaching strategies

: Instructors need to be more responsive in the manner in which they convey the message about TVET for instance. This should be inculcated during the pre-training of the teachers and as part of professional development during service. This is very instrumental as it involves the introduction of TVET courses. Therefore, the need to be supportive and encourage female students in preparation for and those already studying TVET is pivotal. Furthermore, more effort needs to be taken in designing TVET curricula to include the humanities and nontechnical content and to remove those aspects of curricula that deter women from undertaking engineering courses.

Targeted Community Engagement

: The College shall devise more aggressive strategies to attract female students to TVET courses, for instance by organizing special seminars for female students, making themselves familiar with the technologies and processes.