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MICMAR and Chilanga Cement have partnered to train 49 masons in various construction skills as good corporate citizens.

The two entities sponsored the 49 who completed the course at the Fountain Gate Crafts and Trades School a Teveta-accredited institution that offers level 4 craft certificate in bricklaying and masonry and level 3 certificate in Electrical Technology courses in Chongwe.

And Government has called on the private sector to partner with such institutions in upscaling skills in the building and construction industry to achieve sustainability and durability of infrastructure in the country.

Director of Infrastructure in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Urban Development, Clive Khan said skills development is cardinal if Zambia has to stay abreast with modern technology and development in the construction sector.

Mr Khan called on other companies to emulate “The new dawn administration’s emphasis on three fundamental preconditions in infrastructure development. Projects should be procured at the right cost, done with the right quality and concluded timely without overheads. And to achieve this, a skilled labour force is essential.”

And Micmar Managing Director Michael Krupnik said his company was ready to partner with the government to build better and modern infrastructure across the country.

Mr Krupnik said partnerships would assist in building knowledge, develop building skills and ensure a consistent supply of excellent contractors, in the construction industry.

And Chilanga Cement Acting Managing Director Chibuye Ngulube commended Fountain Gate Craft and Trades School for offering the best mentorship training that will guarantee the graduates skills, safety and sustainability.

Mr Ngulube said the training provided to the 49 masons will go a long way in elevating and maintaining professionalism in the building and construction industry.

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