Bamburi signs MoU with National Construction Authority to bridge construction industry skills gap

(L-R) Bamburi Cement Commercial Director Geoffrey Ndugwa and National Construction Authority CEO Arch. Daniel Manduku exchange documents during the signing.

Bamburi Cement has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Construction Authority (NCA) to improve skills and competencies in the building and construction industry.

Following the 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.  Additionally, they will hold joint training sessions, as well as certify qualified workers and site supervisors across the country.

“This agreement is born out of our shared objectives of improving quality standards in the industry,” said Geoffrey Ndugwa, Commercial Director Bamburi Cement.

The move 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 the 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 Arch. Daniel Manduku, CEO of 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 across the country, held over 500 seminars and interacted with more than 200,000 masons.

 

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