Developer bets big on women in real estate

The female focused program develops artisans at a higher skill level in a shorter period of time

Gateway Real Estate Africa (GREA) gives a non-profit social enterprise, Buildher, a funding boost of Sh4,328,000 ($40,000) in a bid to ensure up to 30 women in the construction arena undergo a 12-month training programme.

The training programme targets ladies aged 17 to 40 years, and lasts for 12 months with new courses starting every year to allow for a systematic advancement through the technical skills curriculum including carpentry and joinery, painting, and decorating.

GREA co-founder and CEO, Greg Pearson said that empowering ladies particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds with trade and life skills is a key underpin to sector sustainability.

“We’ll be following their development with keen interest,” said Pearson. “The excellent work done by Buildher in equipping women with the right professional and life skills not only play a huge role in breaking down gender barriers but supports the long-term sustainability of our industry.”

The trainees will spend approximately four months learning trade skills before being placed at pre-approved employees for two to eight months of training in a live working environment. They will also sit for the National Industrial Training Authority examinations.

According to Buildher Kenya co-founder and CEO, Tatu Gatere, the female focused program develops artisans at a higher skill level in a shorter period of time. Ms Gatere argues that the trainees they pick surpass entry level industry standards that contribute to higher quality, productivity and increased efficiencies. In addition, they learn valuable life skills including communication, fitness, and mental health to ensure work readiness.

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