Under BTVET Act, 2008, the functions of the Directorate of Industrial Training are:

(a) To identify the needs of the labour market for occupational competencies that fall under the UVQF.

(b) To regulate apprenticeship schemes.

(c) To foster and promote entrepreneurial values and skills, as an integral part of the UVQF.

(d) To secure adequate and sustainable financing for the efficient operations of the Directorate.

(e) To accredit training institutions or companies as assessment centres.

(f) To determine fees payable under the Act.

(g) To develop, apply, expand and improve the purposeful application of Uganda vocational qualifications defined in the UVQF.

(h) To assess and award Uganda Vocational Qualifications.

(i) To promote on-the-job training in industry for apprenticeship, traineeship and indenture training and for other training such as further skills training and upgrading.

(j) To prescribe the procedure for the making of training schemes.

The purpose of the UVQF is to;

(a) Define occupational standards in the world of work.

(b) Define assessment standards.

(c) Award vocational qualifications of learners who meet the set standards of different studies.

(d) Provide guidelines for modular training.

The UVQF shall follow principles of Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) which include:

(a) Flexible training or learning modules.

(b) Positive assessment and certification.

(c) Assessment of prior learning.

(d) Recognition of formal and non-formal training.

(e) Self-paced or individual learning.

(f) Work place learning.