Training workshop conducted for NAPSA and WCFCB inspectors on strategies for extension of social protection to the construction sector
Following the first phase of social protection registration campaigns jointly conducted by National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) and Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) in partnership with construction sector employers' and workers' associations, a training workshop for NAPSA and WCFCB inspectors was conducted by the Zambia Green Jobs Programme in collaboration with the two social security institutions.
The workshop aimed to enhance understanding and appreciation of the nature and challenges of work in the construction sector. The capacity built among the participants will facilitate sustainability and roll-out of activities to promote the extension of social protection to the construction sector.
As a result of the training, basic instruments to be tested for promoting registration with work injury and pension schemes were developed by the participants. In order to strengthen stakeholder partnerships, it was agreed that the Zambia National Association for Saw millers (ZNAS) and Copperbelt Sawmillers and Timber Growers Association (COSTIGA) will enter into Memoranda of Understanding with NAPSA and WCFCB to formalise collaboration. Moreover, the social security institutions agreed to set up specific desks assigned to deal with registration of MSMEs saw millers and contractors in Kitwe and Ndola. It was also agreed that NAPSA and WCFCB will continue rolling out registration campaigns and mobile office operations, so as to increase awareness and accessibility of social security services among the target group.
The meeting was attended by 38 participants comprising representatives from Ministry of Labour and Social Security, National Pension Scheme Authority, Workers Compensation Fund Control Board, Zambia National Association for Saw Millers and Copperbelt Saw Millers and Timber Growers Association. It was held from 16th to 18th November at Moba Hotel in Kitwe.