Evaluation of On-Site Training and Certification Programmes for Semi-Skilled Construction Workers in Kenya: The Case of Nairobi City County

Authors

  • Linet Wandia University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Anthony Ralwala University of Nairobi, Kenya

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62049/jkncu.v4i1.58

Keywords:

Awareness, Certification, Construction, On-site,, Programmes, Semi-skilled, Training

Abstract

Kenya's construction sector can close the knowledge and skill gap by providing on-the-job training and certification programmes for semi-skilled workers, but low participation rates persist. The study mainly aimed to assess the extent of awareness of on-site training and certification programmes among semi-skilled workers in Kenya, focusing on their training needs, identification of such programmes, and exploration of communication and awareness tools.The study employed a qualitative research approach, incorporating theories such as the theory of reasoned action, Yale attitude change approach and cultivation theory. Descriptive research design was utilized, targeting semi-skilled workers, site managers, officials from NITA and NCA, and academic experts. The study utilized snowball sampling to select semi-skilled workers, followed by purposive sampling for interview responses.  Microsoft Office Excel 2010 was utilized for data analysis, employing presentation strategies like frequency distribution in percentages to make the data easily understandable and referenced, along with pie charts and bar graphs.  The study found that most semi-skilled workers were moderately or poorly aware, with direct communication being the primary method for raising awareness. The study recommended Kenya's government to boost on-site training programmes, enhance communication tools, increase awareness campaigns, and conduct more research on their efficacy and factors affecting their implementation among semi-skilled employees.

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Published

2024-01-15

How to Cite

Wandia, L., & Ralwala, A. (2024). Evaluation of On-Site Training and Certification Programmes for Semi-Skilled Construction Workers in Kenya: The Case of Nairobi City County. Journal of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.62049/jkncu.v4i1.58