Garden City, one of East Africa’s largest mall, has started training 150 youths in a bid to boost the country’s construction sector.
The training, which will take about six weeks will see youths trained in areas such as masonry, carpentry, painting and plumbing.
The first phase of the programme saw about 283 young men and women trained in a range of building and construction trades.
‘‘Trainees in this latest building phase will be part of the construction team for Garden City Business Park where they will have the opportunity to get the practical, hands-on experience they need to get their qualifications,” said Garden City managing director Chris Coulson.
”The first two commercial office blocks are currently under construction and East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has already taken up 60 per cent of the premium office space after signing a long-term lease with Garden City earlier this year.’’
The training is conducted in groups of 25 on a six-week basis and is aligned with the timeline of the on-going construction of the Business Park and skilled labour needs of the development.
On completion, the trainees will receive an internationally accredited certification from the Australian Vocational Training and Employment Group (AVTEG).
The vocational curriculum is based on Australian occupational standards and industry best practices and is tailored to meet both local standards and labour market needs.
The mode of training is practical and modular, with the entire training taking place on live construction sites such as the Garden City Business Park.