Background of SHOA

Inaugurated in 2003, SHOA Institute is a pioneer Private Vocational Institute in the Eastern Region of Uganda that is specializing in the Hospitality and Institutional Catering Courses. Catering is taken as a subsidiary course in other Institutions.

The Hotel Owners in Soroti Chaired by Mr. Henry.E.Onaba were touched by the poor quality of service delivery in our hotels due to lack of trained personnel to manage catering services in our hotels. Since then, the training provided at SHOA Institute has transformed the lives of many youth and the quality of Catering service delivery in our community. It addresses the challenges of Girl-Child Education, School Dropouts, and Unemployment as well as Poverty Alleviation.

To date, the Institute has graduated over 648 (564 Girls and 84 Boys) students for both formal and non- formal, in various professions, since its inception in 2003 and it intends to increase the number to 110 students per semester in the year 2014/15.and 80% of these, according to our tracer studies, have been absorbed in the job market.

We have been able to register students who come from all the districts of Teso sub-region and other neighboring districts of Lira, Mbale and as far as Karamoja, which is itself an attestation that it is a regional Institute with potential to business by training both entrepreneurs and non-formal skills to the youth and the entire population.

In the years 2010 and 2014, a total of 80 students were successfully trained in tailoring skills funded by Soroti Rural Development Agency (SORUDA), a community Non-Government Organization. This training attracted the youth in the entire Districts of Teso: that is; Soroti, Katakwi, Amuria, Serere, Ngora, Kumi and Bukedea.

In the Years 2011 and 2012, non-formal training funded by MoE&S to train 30 and 20 youth respectively was successfully conducted. This has enabled these youth to handle small projects in Baking and getting employed in other baking projects, supermarkets and restaurants: hence, improving on their livelihood.

Getting its own premises; putting up permanent and modern structures on these plots- a Class room Block; a fully furnished Cookery Laboratory; Water Closed toilets; extension to the site of electricity and piped water; a Resource Centre, now under construction, and comprising of a Computer Laboratory, now in the final stages of construction, Audio Visual Hall and a Reference Library and an administration block, furnished with computers for administration work.

Diversifying the courses offered from one- Catering, to over 12 with various professional levels- Non-Formal Skills Training; Skills Certificate levels; Certificate and Diploma levels.

The Institute has patterned with various organizations with the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT), Uganda Business and Technical Examination Board (UBTEB), Uganda Association of Private Vocational Training Institute (UGAPRIVI), BTVET, Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), among others.

MOTTO: “Skills for a brighter future”
VISION: To provide the best catering and business training services in Eastern Uganda.
MISSION: To provide a conducive learning environment to produce vibrant, creative, action oriented youth and adults in the fields of hotel, catering and business management.


Soroti Hotel Owners Association (SHOA) Institute is registered and incorporated with the following legal bodies/relevant registration;-

  • Certificate of Incorporation (Certificate No. 56050) of Nov. 18, 2002.
  • Certificate of Registration (Certificate No.1001) of Feb. 20 2004
  • Certificate of Registration with Uganda Association of Private & Vocational Institutions (Certificate No.112), a full member.
  • Skills Development Net Work (SDN) of Hospitality Training Institution in Uganda.
  • A full member of BTVET.