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.