At least 300 youths from Laikipia County are receiving training to upgrade their skills so as to conform to the changing trend of technology in the construction industry.
National Industrial Training Authority (NITA), National Construction Authority (NCA) and Eurofix Industries Limited have partnered to offer the one-week training.
The training is being held at Laikipia Woman Representative, Catherine Waruguru’s Nanyuki office.
Speaking to the media, Eurofix Representative, Wilson Iraya, said the workers will acquire certificates after the session so that they can compete fairly in the sector.
“We are privileged to train these young men and women who have ventured into the construction industry. We want to adequately train our people so that they can tap into the international job market. That notion that construction sector does not pay should end,” Mr Iraya said.
NITA Director Edward Mucheru, said the programme, which will be rolled out in the 47 counties, is aimed at eradicating joblessness and poverty among the youth.
“The biggest debate in Kenya today revolves around unemployment and poverty among our young people. That is why we are improving their competencies to boost their employability. The licenses offered to them after the training will help them get jobs and perfect it,” Mr Mucheru said.
Ms Waruguru said the programme is aimed at reducing the cost of construction through introduction of modern technology in the sector.
“Your clients are looking for reduced cost of construction. They need your advice so that they can make appropriate decisions on how to lower that cost,” the County MP said.
“Local and International contractors are afraid of hiring you because majority of you lack certificates. These documents will help you to compete fairly in the industry,” she added.
Mr Emanuel Mwaniki, a Nanyuki-based contractor, said the training will offer them a platform to sharpen their skills and benefit from local contracts.
“For the first time, I am getting equipped with construction skills for free. Majority of us do not have certificates and, hence, are edged out of crucial government tenders. We are happy that this training is timely,” Mr Mwaniki said.
The training is rolled out through the Laikipia’s National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) programme dabbed ‘Fanikisha Ndoto’.
By Martin Munyi