In Zambia, the unemployment rate is 50% yet there is a serious skills shortage in the labour market, especially in the construction sector.
This is why Build It International trains at least 60 men and women, each year, from the local community in basic building skills. We select people who need a practical skill and who can demonstrate their commitment to working and learning.
Trainees learn practical and theoretical skills, such as marking out a work site, laying foundations, health and safety, laying blocks and plastering. Initial training lasts about 6-9 months, with trainees undertaking tests to gain a nationally recognised certificate.
Our unique approach works. We have trained 203 young men and women and will train a further 88 trainees this year.
After their initial training we remain on hand to help turn their newfound practical skills into paid work. Our continuing support to trainees will:
In 2013 we hired an independent researcher to interview our first 98 trainees who graduated between 2009 and 2010. Click to see the results of the 2013 Impact Study.
You can find out more about our trainees and their individual stories on our Case Studies page.