Over 250 artisans/craftsmen in the construction industry in Techiman the Bono East Regional capital have received a week of hands-on training on how to use modern technologies to harness their skills and improve their abilities in the construction business.
The programme was spearheaded by CIMAF Ghana in partnership with Kumasi Technical University’s Institute of Research, Innovations and Development (IRID) to provide knowledge and skills to the over 250 artisans within the informal sector.
Speaking at the grade graduation ceremony at AJ Plaza Hotel in Techiman, the Head of Marketing for CIMAF Ghana, Patricia Ansong, explained the five-day training is part of a year-long plan to train over 1,200 artisans across the country yearly.
She further added that “the move is geared towards equipping cement users especially end users of our quality products (CIMAF cement), the technical know-how in the building and construction industry for quality work.
This training will help close the knowledge gap in the cement industry; giving them practical best-practices needed for delivering quality construction jobs in Ghana.”
Head Business Manager at KsTU Dr Solomon Kwarteng Forkuoh encouraged the various companies to come forward for more of such collaborations as CIMAF has started.
He added that “these artisans are the core people who build our houses and construct most of our projects, if we don’t equip them and train them to enhance their abilities they may end up being rusty and who knows the next time they may be building with the wrong proportion of materials and the rest of the story will be a disaster. So, I will encourage giants in the building and construction sector to follow suit and train their end users the skills to effectively utilize their products.”
Some of the artisans expressed their gratitude to the CIMAF Group and admonished to take advantage of the opportunity given them to ensure the skills they acquire will not be in vain.