Our Centre for Excellence


In 2016 we began work on the Build It International training centre; our 'Centre for Excellence' for the construction sector in Zambia


Our Centre for Excellence is at the heart of our ambitious plans to expand our training programme. Development of the centre is allowing us to increase the number of trainees we can reach, and the range of courses we can offer.

The centre is situated on a two-hectare site next to the Great North Road on the northern edge of Lusaka.

Construction is being completed in phases. This enabled us to start training at the centre in 2017.

The current learning plazas now provide capacity to train 180 trainees annually; construction of an additional learning plaza in 2022/2023 will allow us to increase this to 240 trainees.

Furthermore the size of the site will continue to open up opportunities for further growth and expansion at later stages.

In conclusion, the centre will become a hub for construction skills training, small business development and sustainable building techniques. It will provide a focal point bringing together employers and graduates. It will be a hub for change.

Masterplan for Build It's Centre for Excellence - May 2022

“The Centre For Excellence is a landmark project within Zambia… the exceptional level of consideration that has gone into the masterplan will ensure that it facilitates Build It in achieving their goals of individual empowerment.”

Matt Duckett, BuroHappold Engineering