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

We have developed bespoke training programmes to provide entry-level skills in:


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, and with a genuine interest and desire to learn new skills.

Recruitment for our 2019 training courses is drawing to a close, with the final course starting in November 2019. Recruitment for 2020 courses will open in February / March 2020.

For more information about our training courses, please contact our Training Team on +260 971103672 or +260 211267715.

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