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Title: Developing a framework for training to build the capacity of small-scale local contractors in Ghana
Authors: Orhin, Thomas Kojo
Issue Date: 7-Aug-2014
Abstract: This study is aimed at discovering the capacity needs of small-scale local contractors in the building sector of the constructions industry in Ghana which plays a pivotal role in the development of the national economy and therefore needs to be sustained. The industry is currently characterized by a large number of small contractors, and a small number of large foreign contractors dominating the construction market. Sustainable capacity needs are required to be built through the strengthening of the local contractors and other actors in the industry without prejudice to their foreign counterparts. The objectives of the study were to examine key constraints and challenges facing local contractors in terms of capacity building, identify aspects of training needs suitable for small contractors as well as design a training framework which addresses their training needs. Literature reviewed indicated that the issue of local contractor management is a topical issue in most third world countries, particularly in Africa. A quantitative form of research methodology was employed, while questionnaires were distributed to 40 respondents made up of contractors and their technical and professional staff. Theory of capacity buildings were applied to the study. The theory indicated that, approaches to capacity building often emphasize a particular dimension like investment in the human capital of individuals, group-oriented development, organizational development or institutional development. Findings indicated that contractors are very keen on their capacity building initiatives while the intervention of government in the capacity building efforts is not a key issue to them. Again, the findings indicate that local contractors are not aware or are ignorant about contractual claims preparation and payment and how it could impact positively on their work. Again, inadequate payment of fluctuations was given a low rating (6th) in the priority list of constraints faced by the small contractors. Working in a volatile economic setting like Ghana where price variation is a common feature, contractors must be skilled in the preparation of adequate compensation for fluctuation payments and contractual claims in order to avoid huge losses at the end of contract periods. Recommendations have been made for contractors’ capacity to be built in the areas of site supervision, administration of construction works, project management techniques, negotiation techniques for claims and leadership skills.
Description: A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Procurement Management, 2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/6266
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