Actis Equips Youth With World Class Skills In The Construction Industry

The graduation ceremony marks a partnership between Actis and Arc Skills, an international Skills Development Centre, established to train disadvantaged youth in vocational studies, thereby creating a positive sustainable social impact.

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Nairobi, 24th February 2017 – Leading growth markets investment firm Actis, today recognised 130 students for achieving internationally accredited certification in various construction trades on the Garden City Technical training program during a graduation ceremony held at Garden City Mall in Nairobi.

Actis Senior Partner Torbjorn Caesar -  “Responsibility to the wider society has always been central to our business and is fully integrated into our investment processes.

Actis Senior Partner Torbjorn Caesar - “Responsibility to the wider society has always been central to our business and is fully integrated into our investment processes.

The graduation ceremony marks a partnership between Actis and Arc Skills, an international Skills Development Centre, established to train disadvantaged youth in vocational studies, thereby creating a positive sustainable social impact.

The training aims to help young community members in the area surrounding Garden City area secure their livelihood by equipping them with quality training that meets global standards.

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According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the key drivers of GDP growth in Kenya are forecasted to be services (finance and ICT) and construction. Kenya’s construction industry output has risen on average 13% year on year since 2014.

There is an estimated gap of about 30,000 engineers, 90,000 technicians and 400,000 artisans, with the shortage of mid-level technicians and artisans hampering the country’s economic growth prospects. 

The training aims to help young community members in the area surrounding Garden City area secure their livelihood by equipping them with quality training.

The training aims to help young community members in the area surrounding Garden City area secure their livelihood by equipping them with quality training.

The training is conducted on a monthly basis and is aligned with the timeline of the on-going construction project and the skilled labour needs of the project in a ‘just-in-time’ fashion.  Students then receive an internationally accredited certification from the Australian Vocational Training and Employment Group (AVTEG) on completion of the training.

We are proud to partner with Arc Skills and we are inspired by the young people who have been through the programme to date. - Actis Senior Partner Torbjorn Caesar.

We are proud to partner with Arc Skills and we are inspired by the young people who have been through the programme to date. - Actis Senior Partner Torbjorn Caesar.

Actis is looking to scale up the project in the coming months with its partners to increase the number of youth that can benefit from the training by expanding their Corporate Social Investment program.