There was joy and jubilation today in Chitawira, Blantyre as eighteen (18) students of the 4th cohort of Certificate in Construction Management graduated.
Held at NCIC regional office for the South the graduation ceremony marked the culmination of an intensive six months training for non-technical owners of construction companies to enable them to contribute effectively to the transformation and quality of the construction industry in Malawi. The training is facilitated by Soche, Lilongwe and Mzuzu Technical Colleges in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu respectively; and is offered during weekends.
Speaking during the event, Principal of Soche Technical College, Mr. Mabveka appreciated the collaboration between his institution and NCIC. He further assured NCIC Management, and the Malawian people at large, that the graduating students are well equipped and ready to contribute to the vision for the industry which is to have a “Transformed, sustainable and quality driven Construction Industry”.
In his remarks, NCIC CEO, Eng. Gerald Khonje, noted that the course was conceived to bridge the knowledge gap that exists amongst owners of construction companies who do not have technical knowledge of the construction industry. “This is why”, he added, “NCIC partnered with the technical colleges to leverage on the expertise in imparting the required skills”.
He therefore challenged more company owners to take up the opportunity to enable them to attain competitive advantage in the construction industry by horning technical skills. He further made a special request to women contractors to take advantage of these courses and contribute to the quality of infrastructure in Malawi and beyond.
Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Mr. Stephen Kadakwa, thanked Soche Technical College and NCIC for imparting the rich knowledge on them. He then challenged fellow graduates to showcase their new skills in the industry and make an impact.