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Construction of infrastructure is the major enabler to the realization of the Kenya Vision 2030. There has been slow growth in the construction industry in Kenya but due to flow of capital, growth in population, most of whom are transitioning to the middle class, and the entry of multinational players in the industry has seen construction sector expanding tremendously. There has been a great focus on this sector because: It is the 2nd fastest growing sector of the economy at 16% annual growth 2010/2011; Employs about 18% of the work force all over the county; The sector impacts all other sectors and directly influences lives of all Kenyans; and these means that all constructions (public/private) must be well- managed and funded to realize Kenyan development objectives. With these great potentials and opportunities in the sector, there are a myriad of challenges affecting the sector. Among many legal and structural arrangement and organization challenges affecting the sector, lack of capacity of the local contractors, making them incapable of competing with foreign owned companies for major construction and to produce quality products have been identified. In particular, it has been found that the growth of the construction sector is high and unmatched by the workforce needed to sustain this industry. CAP Youth Empowerment Institute conducted market research to ascertain the opportunities and challenges affecting the building and construction sector and found that carpentry was in great need for skilled workforce, including the basic skills in carpentry.

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