The objective of masonry class in Centre of practical skills is to educate, inform and practically impart students with skills in concreting, block-work and general construction and site management skills. Students are to be impacted on Health safety security and environment and how to mitigate construction risks and hazards.
The overriding objective is to produce a modern masonry foreman that can communicate, interpret designs and effectively manage a construction site after completing the training.


As an important link between the foreman, site management and the construction workers who carry out the work, the foreman is one of the most important positions in the construction industry. Outstanding characteristics of good foremen are the right time management combined with the rapid development and implementation of problem solutions. Skilled workers who continue their education in this area are irreplaceable for companies in the construction industry. Well-trained foremen work more efficiently and quickly, helping to optimize the company’s competitiveness.


Foremen are employees who carry out orders on construction sites based on plans, assign subordinate workers and instruct and monitor their activities. They document daily work performance and carry out management tasks. Foreman is responsible for compliance with employee protection regulations and is responsible for the proper execution of orders.

The graduate has comprehensive knowledge of construction technology and is able to independently take on the tasks of modern construction site management. This training also lays the foundation for further training opportunities to develop into a self-employed building contractor.


During the 8 months of dual training, the apprentices are educated in professional skills and knowledge in the theory of construction technology. Additionally, the candidates do the practical training in a practical training centre or on a site.

Due to the prior knowledge of construction technology of the training participants, the research at local construction companies (ICMPD project partners) and the aim of guiding the training participants to independence, the following focal points are planned for the training:

  • Focus 1: Construction Management Theory
    After completing the training, the trainees should be able to organize a construction site themselves, handle the ordering and reporting, and ensure a safe construction process.
  • Focus 2: Communication
    After the training, the trainees should be able to communicate with employees and colleagues from all hierarchical levels, represent the company to customers and lead a construction site team with several people and train employees
  • Focus 3: Safety on Site
    Compared to European conditions, there is currently a minimal safety standard on construction sites in Nigeria. Due to the situation that wage costs are very low and most workers have no professional training, a worker can be replaced very easily after an accident at work.
    The future foremen should develop an understanding that every worker is important, especially themselves and that they are responsible for the entire team.