Kenya: NCA, Savannah Cement seal contractors training pact

02 June 2017

The National Construction Authority (NCA) has cemented a partnership with Savannah Cement, to advance technical training programmes for contractors.

The agreement signed Tuesday will see Savannah Cement and NCA jointly conduct nationwide training and certification programmes for contractors and construction supervisors.

Speaking at the partnership signing ceremony, NCA Executive Director, Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku said the programme will also provide an outreach programme to enhance the technical skills for the almost half a million construction workers in all the 47 counties.

The joint programme, he said, is part of the construction regulatory agency’s commitment to foster public – private partnerships as part of its sector training and capacity building mandate.

Ronald Ndegwa, the NCA Boss, who is also the Registrar of Contractors, confirmed that the Authority’s recently launched Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training programmes for contractors had taken off to a good start.

The training is a pre-requisite for renewal of the annual practicing license, and a component of the CPD programme.

The contractor training programme will take place alongside the artisan training one.

Savannah Cement Managing Director Ronald Ndegwa said the firm will be deploying its full-fledged Research & Development Department to train skilled and unskilled workers seeking to acquire skills in basic masonry, excavation, foundation setting, concrete mixing, Mortar application and related techniques.

The training modules, to be delivered at an estimated cost of Kshs. 30 million are also designed to raise the artisans’ knowledge to appropriately use concrete mixes for various applications.

Use of rapid strength development cements allows local masons and contractors to achieve more than 70% high early strength concrete properties, in as little as 7days, which ultimately translates to significant cost and time savings in a project.

In Kenya, Savannah Cement enjoys pride of place as the most modern cement manufacturing and sales company, currently running an eco-friendly and energy efficient plant near Kitengela town.

Savannah Cement is not only designed to make the best use of green technology, but is also focused on revolutionising environmental management in the regional Cement Industry.

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