National Construction Authority is a state corporation whose main mandate is to oversee the construction industry and coordinate its development. One of the Authority’s key pillars of capacity building in the construction industry includes training of contractors, skilled construction workers and site supervisors.
The Authority runs annual training workshops to all registered contractors with the main aim of providing continuous professional development to enhance their technical and managerial skills. This is a 2 day seminar conducted at various venues across the country with different themes addressing particular areas of interest to the contractors.
Thematic topics covered in this year’s training included Construction Risk Management, Quality Management Systems, Health & Safety, Resource Leveling, Contract Administration, Joint ventures, Cash Flow Management among others. Contractors are therefore free to choose which themes suit their interest. A contractor who attends any of the 2 day seminar is awarded 10 points which makes them qualify for renewal of annual practicing license renewal. Similar workshops are also provided to the construction workers and site supervisors.
The trainings for 2016/17 began in January 2017 winded up on 14th June 2017 with a mega training on Cost Estimation & Tendering Procedures at Bomas of Kenya on 14th June 2017, where more than 2000 contractors were in attendance. In total 27 Contractors CPD seminars have been conducted across the 47 counties and reached out to more than 5,500 contractors.
The Artisan Training Program, whose theme was Be Sure, Jenga Smart, began in November during the National Construction Week and covered all the 14 NCA regions and the last training is taking place at the NITA Athi River Campus on 22nd – 23rd June 2017. Over 3,000 construction workers have attended the trainings which covered topics such as disaster preparedness, site organization & safety, work ethics among others. The construction workers trained will be accredited by the authority in the different categories and specific trade areas.