Over 5,000 Kigali construction workers certified after on-site assessment

The Ministry of Education through WDA and in collaboration with the trade union of construction workers (STECOMA) on Friday awarded certificates to 5,260 people in construction and building services within Kigali city.
Trainees in cobblestone road construction (Kigali-File photo)
This was after a 12-month on-site assessment conducted by trainers from IPRC Kigali and experts from the private sector for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
The Minister of Public Service & Labour Judith Uwizeye awarding a certificate to one of the construction workers assed in Kigali City.
This ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Public Service and labour Judith Uwizeye who commended the exercise as one that adds value to a worker’s profession and the importance of TVET. She added that the Government looks forward to extending it to other professions to reinforce workplace competencies, job opportunities and self-employment.
Beneficiaries chanting during the ceremony.
During the same period of 12 months trainers from different IPRCs and representatives from the private sector also assessed workers in the same sector; IPRC South 1,513 workers, Musanze Polytechnic 1,392, IPRC East 3,918, and IPRC West 1,027, making a total of about 13,110 workers.
How the certificate of competencies given to workers looks like.
Mobilization of all workers was carried out by STECOMA through their different associations located in all provinces. A total of 195 were also previously assessed and certified last year under the National Employment program in the same sector.
Kigali City Vice Mayor - Economic Development Parfait Busabirwa also taking part in awarding certificates.
Assessment was done on sites operated by building and construction companies including ROKO Construction Rwanda, NPD Cotraco, Horizon, Real Construction, Hygebat, CCECC Rwanda and china road Construction Company.
Deputy Director General in charge of training (WDA) Irenee Nsengiyumva

According to WDA’s Deputy Director General in charge of training Irenee Nsengiyumva, the RPL exercise is meant to give chance to people to never received formal education, who acquire on-job competencies but lack proof to convenience other employers about their skills.

Jeanne Nyirarwesa a resident in Gasabo district is a member of STECOMA and among those who were certified.  She started as a construction helper 2002, earning FRw 1,800 in a day. Nyirarwesa said that after joining STECOMA and acquiring more skills in construction she now earns Frw 5,000 per day.

“I work in Kigali and in the provinces, pay schools for my children and house rent. I am proud of what I do ”, Nyirarwesa told people at the ceremony.

The Secretary General of the trade union of construction workers Evariste Habyarimana also told those certified that it is the right moment to build confidence among them, as there are more opportunities in the labour market. He believes that once there is collaboration with local authorities, more of their members will acquire skills related to all planned construction and building services.  

Construction workers were however advised by the Vice Mayor of Kigali City in charge of Economic Development Parfait Busabirwa to stop collaborating with people who want to put constructions centrally to the City’s master plan.

Officials further said that certifying such people does not only   enable them to acquire self-confidence  but  also to gauge themselves for further skills upgrade and capacity to improve on service delivery.

On the side of the employer, the RPL creates trust for their employees, enables chances of competencies in construction and building tenders once workers are skilled and reducing wastage of time on trainings to engage in real business.

Certificates awarded through the exercise of Recognition of Prior Learning are aligned to the Rwanda TVET Qualification Framework, with full advantage of industrial exposure, giving chance for one to acquire the next level of training in future.