Vocational Training in Zambia
Zambia has a shortage of qualified water supply specialists. There are 23 vocational schools in the country, but only few offer water-specific training. Financial support for secondary and tertiary education by the industry and the state is low, which means that costs must be covered primarily by the students. This leads to a lack of learning opportunities and expensive training positions.
Water Sector in Zambia
The water sector in Zambia provides a good basis. Eleven water suppliers are working on public contracts throughout the country and are audited annually by the National Council for Water Access and Sanitation (NWASCO). There are also a few private providers. However, there is little exchange between the industry and the educational sector. The great potential of cooperation is therefore not fully realised.
Zambia lacks qualified specialists to build and maintain water supply systems. The example of Switzerland shows that investments in vocational training yield great benefits to an economy in the long-run.
JOB MARKET FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
The majority of the population in Lusaka is under 20 years old. Many young people are looking for training in order to pursue a professional career. Affordable and professional education enables these young people to create a livelihood for themselves. In addition, social added value through the development of the urban water supply system is created.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, 71% of water procurement tasks are performed by women. However, technical professions are regarded as a male domain and water systems are almost exclusively set up by men. The targeted promotion of women in the training and practice of water-specific professions reduces prejudices and improves equal opportunities.
Every pipe system loses water between the catchment or treatment and the consumer. This water is called Non-Revenue Water (NRW). In Sub-Saharan Africa it can reach up to 70%. Qualified specialists are the key to improving this situation in the long term.
The strengthening of the local vocational school improves the local water sector in a sustainable way. Our goals are based on this vision:
enable young people from low-income areas to pursue vocational training
improve and expand the infrastructure and staff of the schools
encourage the integration of schools, water suppliers and production companies
BUILDING LOCAL CAPACITY
By creating educational opportunities in the water sector, local capacities are being strengthened in order to maintain and expand existing as well as future water supply systems.
Together with the vocational schools, local water suppliers and production companies, WfW developed innovative workshops. These serve to familiarise students with the latest technologies and pipe systems so that they are prepared for the demands of the labour market.