HF foundation recently held a mentorship forum for 60artisans as part of the “Army of 1 million artisans” programme to improve quality of technical skills in the construction industry.
The programme is a partnership with the German Corporation for International Development(GIZ) and supports trainees gain hands-on training in occupations related to the construction sector and facilitates internship opportunities.
Caroline Armstrong, HF Foundation board member said upgrading of technical skills and enhancement of a robust curriculum for technical courses would help bridge the widening technical skills gap in the country.
“The programme will ensure competency based education and training, a demand driven and also promotes enterprise culture so as to offer a wide range of employment opportunities to the youth,” she said.
The artisans were trained under industry contracted iJenga,ultra-power systems, Kenyatta University, and Endeavors Company Limited in masonry, plumbing and electrical installation. This second forum of the programme targets 450 trainees and will run until end of 2018.
The event had representatives from the National Construction Authority, Kenya Federation of Master Builders and Kenya Property Development Authority.