Our Centre for Excellence

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

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The country needs thousands of new construction workers each year but lack of constructions skills in the local workforce means that companies often look to ‘import’ the labour and skills they need.

Our ‘Centre for Excellence’ is at the heart of our ambitious plans to increase the number of young people we train.

The Centre is situated on a two-hectare site next to the Great North Road on the northern edge of Lusaka. When completed the site will comprise of a series of a learning plazas, multi-function hall, practice spaces, administration and storage spaces, and demonstration houses.

The Centre will become a hub for construction skills training, small business development and sustainable building techniques. It will allow us to substantially expand our training programme; both in terms of the numbers of trainees we can reach and the range of courses we can offer. The Centre will provide a focal point bringing together employers and graduates. It will be a hub for change.

“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

Construction of the Centre for Excellence started in 2016 and is being completed in phases.

Training has been taking place at the centre since 2017. The current Learning Plazas now provide us with the capacity to train 180 trainees annually; construction of an additional Learning Plaza in 2021 will allow us to increase this to 240 trainees each year.

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

Build It Centre for Excellence Master Plan April 2020