Over one million construction workers in Kenya are set to receive skills upgrade training, thanks to a memorandum of understanding signed today between Bamburi Cement and the National Construction Authority (NCA).
Under this agreement, the two will work together to bridge the skills gap in the building and construction industry by developing curriculum for training of construction site and contractors in Kenya.
They will also hold joint training sessions, as well as certify qualified workers and site supervisors across the country.
Speaking during the ceremony, Bamburi Cement, Commercial Director, Geoffrey Ndugwa said that the initiative will go a long way in professionalizing the construction industry in Kenya which is currently characterized by some quarks.
“This agreement is born out of our shared objectives of improving quality standards in the industry,” he said
This comes at a time when the NCA has been stepping up its endeavors to professionalize the Industry, as the country continues to experience an increase in the number of incidences of buildings and other structures which claim lives of many people.
NCA plans to train and accredit 1,500,000 skilled construction workers in various trades in the construction sector.
“We will work together to improve artisans skills and professionalism by developing curriculum and offering them formal training, and through this in turn aid to promote safe construction and job creation in the country,” said Daniel Manduku, CEO,NCA.
Under the agreement, Bamburi will also avail its Mobile Concrete Laboratories to NCA for use around construction sites in the country.
The Mobile Labs conduct on-site testing of materials and also offer technical advice.
Through its program dubbed ‘Builder’s Academy’, rolled out twelve years ago, Bamburi has been training masons on site planning, drawings, setting out and foundations, mix designs, causes of building defects and how to avoid them as well as on-site safety procedures.
The company has so far visited 200 towns and villages around the country, held over 500 seminars and interacted with more than 200,000 masons.