Vivo Energy Uganda wants to make a real and lasting difference to the communities in which we operate. Our community investment programmes matter to us because we employ local people and serve local businesses and individuals. We want to create lasting social and economic benefits for these communities and engage with them to earn their respect and trust.
We have chosen to focus on three key areas of community investment. These are road safety, education and the environment. Below are recent examples of our community initiatives.
Vivo Energy Uganda launched its Road Safety Education Programme in March 2014. The initiative aims to reach at least five million people with road safety messages on radio; and to train 1200 school children and 1200 Bodaboda operators. In order to achieve this goal, Vivo Energy Uganda partnered with the traffic police, schools, Safe Kids Uganda and the media.
Vivo Energy believes that school children are the drivers of tomorrow. Training 100 scholars from 12 schools is therefore an important step toward building a robust road safety culture in Uganda. Under the schools programme, special training is given to children acting as safety ambassadors and traffic wardens at schools. In addition, Vivo Energy provides road safety materials; runs essay and art competitions; hold talking compounds; and will create a partnership with children magazines in newspapers to further embed the programme messages. The company also paints zebra crossings on busy roads near select schools.
The Bodaboda road safety training component of the programme aims to provide information and raise awareness that will bring about attitude and behaviour change by Bodaboda riders. Training areas will include: causes of crashes and crash avoidance; helmets and their proper use; motor bike maintenance; defensive riding; traffic law; Highway Code; and road signs.
The Vivo Energy Uganda Internship Programme began in 2008, and aims to offer university students first-hand experience in the work place while they pursue their undergraduate degree. The programme identifies high-performing students from three top universities in Uganda.
Over the years, Vivo Energy Uganda has taken on ten interns annually for a three-month period (June to August). The students are allocated to different departments and closely supervised, mentored and trained to grow their technical competencies and develop their business skills in areas such as communications, teamwork, and analytical and presentation skills.
The interns also get an opportunity to build useful networks within the company, offering them a head start as they venture into the world of work after university. They receive valuable feedback and prepare an end-of-internship presentation which helps them identify their strengths and their development needs. The internship programme also puts them ahead of their colleagues in the booming energy industry in Uganda, giving them the competitive edge they need when they seek formal employment after university.
The Apprenticeship programme is an occupational skills training programme launched in 2012 to provide new graduates with on-the-job experience. The programme aims to develop future talent by offering training and learning opportunities to top talent from local universities, helping them develop their potential, and with the opportunity of being offered employment within the company should the occasion arise.
Apprentices receive payment for the work they do, while undergoing training to grow their skills and experience.
The programme runs for a period of 12 months. During this time, apprentices are assigned several projects to test their capabilities and provide them with growth opportunities. They undergo structured performance analysis every two months. The programme will be recruiting five apprentices every year.