Monthly Report: The Project for Promoting Youth Employment through Construction Equipment Operating Skills Training in Zambia
The fact sheet with background, overview, and plans for the project.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the Government of Japan, the Government of Zambia, and Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. launched the “The Project for Promoting Youth Employment through Construction Equipment Operating Skills Training” in Zambia from 2021. This web page will provide regular updates on the progress and status of this project.
With the shift in Zambian economy towards more capital- and skill-intensive sectors such as mining, construction, transportation and manufacturing, the demand for technical skills for the operation of heavy equipment operation has increased. However, construction and mining sector employers struggle to find skilled workers who meet modern machinery operational skills requirements. The situation is compounded by the need to integrate Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies into heavy machinery operations.
Through a public-private development partnership (PPDP), the four-year project will align industrial skills development to the needs of the industry and the labour market, ultimately fostering productive youth employment. This will be achieved by jointly establishing a centre of excellence for construction equipment operator workers at the Kitwe Vocational Training Centre (KVTC). Starting from the third year of project implementation, more than 125 skilled operators are expected to graduate from KVTC on an annual basis.
Results for January
CONDUCTED SEVERAL MEETINGS WITH THE WORKING COMMITTEE TO CURATE THE STAFF DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR.
COMMENCED THE DEVELOPMENT OF BIDDING DOCUMENTS FOR A HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR AND HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR SIMULATOR.
PLANNING AND PREPARING FOR TRAINING MATERIALS PRODUCTION WORKSHOP SLATED FOR JANUARY 30TH TO FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023.
COMMENCED THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS OF A CIVIL ENGINEER FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADE ACTIVITY UNDER THE WORKING COMMITTEE PROTOCOL.
COMPLETED OUTPUT 1: OBTAINED NATIONAL ACCREDITATION FOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR (HEO)1 CURRICULA FROM TECHNICAL EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING AUTHORITY (TEVETA). LETTER CAN BE ACCESSED HERE.
COMPLETED THE FIRST PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEE (PSC) MEETING WITH PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS. MINUTES OF MEETING CAN BE ACCESSED HERE.
COMPLETED A HYBRID MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR KITWE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE (KVTC) STAFF FACILITATED BY THE INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION (ITCILO) IN TURIN, ITALY. FULL REPORT CAN BE ACCESSED HERE.
COMPLETED A HYBRID MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR PROJECT STAFF IN DIGITALIZATION OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING SYSTEMS FACILITATED BY ITCILO. FULL REPORT CAN BE ACCESSED HERE.
COMPLETED THIRD TRAINING OF TRAINERS (TOT) FOR KITWE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER (KVTC) TRAINERS AT PEO IBARAKI TRAINING CENTRE IN
JAPAN, ORGANIZED BY HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY. FULL REPORT CAN BE ACCESSED HERE.
COMPLETED HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR (HEO) 1 CURRICULUM APPROVAL WORKSHOP FACILITATED BY TECHNICAL EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING AUTHORITY (TEVETA) OF ZAMBIA. FULL REPORT CAN BE ACCESSED HERE.
COMPLETED SECOND TRAINING OF TRAINERS (TOT) FOR KITWE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER (KVTC) TRAINERS AT HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY (HCM) IN LUSAKA, ZAMBIA. FULL REPORT CAN BE ACCESSED HERE.
COMPLETED HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR (HEO) 1 CURRICULUM VALIDATION WORKSHOP FACILITATED BY TECHNICAL EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING AUTHORITY (TEVETA) OF ZAMBIA. FULL REPORT CAN BE ACCESSED HERE.
THE RESULTS OF THE TRAINING NEEDS ANALYSIS (TNA) SURVEY ARE NOW AVAILABLE AS A FULL REPORT HERE
COMPLETED A STUDY TOUR AT HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY (HCM), JAPAN, TO BENCHMARK BEST PRACTICES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT OPERATOR (CEO) PROGRAM AT KITWE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE (KVTC)
WELCOMED HCM, ZAMBIA PRESIDENT ALONG WITH A DELEGATION FOR A FAMILIARISATION VISIT AT KITWE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE (KVTC)
CONDUCTED A MONTHLY UPDATE MEETING WITH KVTC MANAGEMENT STAFF TO PLAN ON UPCOMNG PROJECT ACTIVITIES
CONDUCTED THE FIRST TRAINING OF TRAINERS (TOT) FOR THE NOMINATED KVTC CEO TRAINERS AT KALUMBILA MINES IN THE NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE OF ZAMBIA AS AN ORIENTATION IN HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATIONS
ENGAGED A LOCAL CIVIL ENGINEER TO COMPLETE THE DESIGN OF A SERVICE SITE PLAN FOR KVTC TO DETERMINE CEO PRACTICING AREA AND CONSTRUCTION SITE AT KVTC
May 2022 – Successfully conducted a Training Needs Analysis Workshop to analyse data from Training Needs Assessment (TNA) surveys. Host institution KVTC established a Business Development Office to support the career service and promote industry linkages.