Council is setting up a School of Excellency to train in capacity building programmes to improve employees' skills and competencies.
The school’s catchment includes local and regional local authorities.
Full council has since approved the setting up of the school.
Acting Human Capital Director Rtd Major Matthew Marara presented the report to the Human Resources and General Purposes Committee.
“The Committee considered a report by the Acting Human Capital Director recommending the establishment of the City of Harare School of Excellence and capacitation of identified Council employees across Council’s departments with relevant skills and competencies in order to facilitate the easy take off of the City of Harare School of Excellence.
“In terms of the City of Harare’s strategic intent and the Integrated Performance Agreement (CIPA) goal number 12 sought to upgrade the skills and competencies base from 67% to 80% by the 31st of December 2019.Council had undertaken to establish the School of Excellence with the view to train all its employees on various capacity building programmes.” states the report.
Council recently signed a partnership (MOU’s and MOA’s) Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU), Domboshava College of Local Government and the Harare Institute of Technology in order to capacitate its employees from various Council departments. 
Negotiations are still on-going for the similar partnership agreements with the Midlands State University and the University of Zimbabwe.
Rtd Major Marara said the major objective was to implement Phase 1 of the City of Harare School of Excellence by 31 December.
The School is set to be launched and be operational at the City of Harare’s Harare House as per required standards.
“Phase 1 was designed to develop the Concept and Project plan, Development Programmes and courses, register with the Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education (ZIMCHE) and the establishment of the Research Desk and online journal.”
“The Director also reported that initially, the school would be operating from the City of Harare’s Harare House following which a fully fledged structure would be put place under the Acting Human Capital Department in compliance with Government’s Ministry of Higher Education requirements and University standards.” reads the report.
The School is expected to be the Centre of Excellence for all Local authorities in Zimbabwe targeting the African Market, Provincial and Metropolitan Councils and those in Local Government administration and leadership.
Council’s School of Excellence would be the first in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa, but second in the African region, with Nigeria being the first.