ACMK Launches 2021 Students’ Competition at JKUAT

Mr. Okowa gives his remarks during the launch

The Association of Construction Managers of Kenya (ACMK) in collaboration with the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Department of Construction Management have launched the annual ACMK student’s competition, Tuesday, July 7, 2021.

The competition is aimed at engaging Construction Management students across Kenyan universities by challenging them to apply knowledge acquired academically into solving real time challenges.

According to the ACMK, Chairman, Mr. Nahashon Okowa, the competition will sharpen students with skills that will ensure their smooth transition from class to the work environment.

“Put your best foot forward. This opportunity will ensure you get a good grounding in terms of statutory requirements in the field as well as a clear picture of the professional environment,” Mr. Okowa asserted.

The ACMK Chairman urged the participants to take the competition as a venture that will not only sharpen their skills as well as a learning experience that will produce a well-grounded individual further noting that this will benefit them in future.

Mr. Okowa further said, the competition will contribute to the students’ body of knowledge and more importantly, help to bridge the gap between class theory and practical experience.

A section of the participants during the launch

The Department of Construction Management Chairman, Mr. Marcan Masudi commended ACMK’s efforts in preparing students for the job market noting that the competition is timely and will ensure the students are equipped invaluable skills that will make them unique and attractive to potential employers.

He wished all the best to the participants noting that the competition will promote a growth mindset over a fixed mindset amongst the students as well as improve their networks.

Speaking on the impact of the competition, Hillary Odhiambo, a Fourth Year Construction Management student at JKUAT said, participation in earlier edition of the competition had equipped him with skills such as teamwork, communication and critical thinking which he further noted, will be important once he completes his studies.

He applauded the organizers’ efforts in ensuring Construction Management students are well prepared for the job market urging fellow students to tap into similar opportunities that will “widen their views and nurture their skills.”

The participants after the event

As has been the norm since its inception, this year’s competition will include all universities offering the Construction and Management programme namely; JKUAT, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Technical University of Kenya and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University.

Each university will be allowed two entry groups for first and second year (one group) as well as third and fourth year (one group) with a maximum of five students per group.  Participants will be required to provide a five-hundred worded statement for entry into the competition.

Students will have to visit one of the two construction sites provided and have six weeks to prepare and submit their reports before August 20, 2021. The reports will be submitted through email address:  competition2021@acmk.co.ke

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