Training into work 


The construction sector in Zambia suffers from a serious shortage of skills at all levels. It is estimated that the country needs around 17,000 new construction workers each year. However very few school leavers are given the opportunity to gain the necessary skills to pursue this avenue.


We provide construction skills training and work experience to young, disadvantaged men and women helping them to earn a living and to provide for their families.

We have designed and developed six, bespoke training courses. Through our Centre for Excellence and through partner projects, we deliver entry-level skills training in:

  • Brick and blocklaying
  • Rough carpentry
  • Painting
  • Plastering

In 2020 we were planning to pilot our new entry-level course in Floor and Wall Tiling – due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, this will now take place in early 2021.

We also deliver an entry-level course in Building Skills through our community build projects.

Course Content

All our training courses include:

  • Life Skills: Improved confidence, communication skills, numeracy and teamwork helps to equip our trainees for the world of work. Research shows that with such skills, they will achieve and sustain higher incomes
  • Construction Skills: Theoretical and practical learning using our bespoke curriculum
  • Work Placement: At least three months experience on construction projects helping to ensure that trainees are work ready. Experience is gained either with a construction company or by working on one of the new schools or clinics being built by Build It

The vast majority of our trainees are between 18 and 35 years old. We look to train young people who have had little education, but with a genuine interest and desire to learn new skills.

Many of our trainees learn at our new construction training centre; our ‘Centre for Excellence’ next to the Great North Road on the northern edge of Lusaka. For more information about our training courses, please contact our Training Team on +260 971103672 or +260 211267715.

NOCN Approved Centre
Striving for Excellence

Build It has been awarded centre approved status by international awarding organisation NOCN for the quality of our construction skills training programme. This means that all our entry-level courses being delivered at our Centre for Excellence are now endorsed by NOCN.

“Endorsement by NOCN recognises the quality of our training and awards. It will help ensure that the young men and women we train have the best possible chance to succeed in building themselves a brighter future. We see this as just the start of a long and fruitful partnership.”

Build It Chief Executive Andrew Jowett OBE

Two years ago, Albert Chama was living in one room in Lusaka with his wife, daughter and niece. He was a construction labourer, but was only occasionally able to find work. After training at our Centre for Excellence, Albert was able to take his Trades Test.

“Now I’m able to do bigger projects because I have a qualification and people trust me,” says Albert with pride.  He is now working on several projects in his community and is employing six people to help him.

Life has changed dramatically for Albert and his family. Albert is able to support his mother and father and send his younger brother to school, while also saving money to buy his own plot and build a house. In ten years’ time Albert hopes to have his own construction company.

Photo credit: Jennifer Bruce for Communication for Development Ltd