Training into Work Programme

To date we have provided basic building skills to 410 trainees from disadvantaged rural and urban communities. This will give them the skills they need to earn a living and provide for their families.

Skills Training

vocational skills training

Men and women from the local community learn basic building skills whilst building essential infrastructure for their community. They take a nationally recognised trades test in bricklaying.

Qualification and Tool Kits

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Graduation ceremonies are held. The graduates get their qualification certificate and tool kit to help them secure paid employment in construction.

Follow-up Support

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Our support continues with post-training activities and workshops that will increase graduates skills and ability to secure work. Some graduates will go on to build houses and latrines on Build It community projects.

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Community Schools Programme

The trainees will construct new school buildings in their community, helping people to lead longer, healthier, more productive lives.

Linda Community School



Linda Community School was established in 1994. Despite high poverty levels the school has thrived and now offers both primary school (Grades 1-7) and the first two years of secondary school (Grades 8 & 9). The school needs a science block for practical science teaching in both Grades 8 & 9 to alloow the school to be registered as a Grade 9 exam centre.

Chitukuko Community School


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The current school is located on land that has been sold to a mining company. The classrooms will be demolished and 566 households have to relocate to a government resettlement site nearby. A new school will create a focal point around which the rest of this displaced community can grow and develop.

Bissell Community School



We are working with the local community at Bissell to build a new kitchen with rocket stoves in 2016. In 2017 we want to train 20 new builders and construct a new 3 classroom block for this oversubscribed community school on the outskirts of Lusaka.

Katole Community School



Katole is an isolated community 38km from Lusaka. It is made up of 800 households who struggle to make a living from subsistence farming. Two volunteer teachers teach over one hundred children in a collapsed classroom without a roof. We will train 20 new builders from Katole who will build a three classroom block, teacher’s housing, sanitation, safe water and solar lighting.

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Centre for Excellence

In 2016 Build It International and 30 trainee builders began construction of a Centre for Excellence, a hub on the outskirts of Lusaka, for promoting a training based approach and affordable sustainable construction.

Showcase sustainable design


A variety of buildings will showcase a range of quality low-cost sustainable designs, materials and innovations. The structures will be built by trainees from the local community as part of our Training into Work programme.

Training into Work area


A dedicated area to provide practical training and classroom learning. The facility will be used to deliver our programme of support to Build It Graduates. The space can be used by other training organisations.

Resource Centre


A space for Build It graduates, other professionals and decision makers to access technical resources about sustainable construction.

Using natural resources


The Centre for Excellence will demonstrate a range of sustainable technologies. These include earth building, rainwater collection, natural ventilation, composting latrines, permaculture landscaping and solar power.

The Center for Excellence is being designed with generous technical support from Gensler and BuroHappold.

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Our Project Map

We work in Zambia, which is in Sub-Saharan Africa. You can explore our current and past projects on our Google map. Just click on the image below:

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Explore our projects on Google maps.

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Our Past Projects

So far we have completed 34 community projects.

Please click on the project name to learn more: