Education institutes urged to close skills gap
from ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Arusha, Tanzania
ARUSHA – AN expert has urged educational institutions to change their training models in order to produce skilled professionals.
Chief Executive Officer of Rubiem Training Institute, Chris Tenga, said technology training model for African professionals was geared at developing high-end graduates in a continent with huge need for business assistance.
He said the emphasis should instead be focusing on delivering leading-edge corporate training in the areas of business strategy and transformation, implementation and delivery, technology as well as customer experience.
Tenga said universities and colleges generally focus on theoretical and
conceptual grounding, an area which they did well.
“However the dynamic, volatile and ruthless nature of the business
landscape today means that no manager or knowledge worker is ever prepared enough to operate, manage or lead in such volatility,” he said.
He further explained Rubiem Training Institute was bridging the gap between university education and practical industry demands.
The institute is a subsidiary of a large pan-African consultancy company, Rubiem Technologies, which has branches in over 8 African countries.
“We come in to give corporate managers, leaders and the rest of the knowledge employee practical perspectives, tools and knowledge to enable them to operate effectively within the dictums of the current business environment,” said Tenga.
He said trainees at the institute would be exposed to specialists who have already successfully delivered in their respective areas.
“They are thus not simply subject matter specialists; they are experienced trainers who, via their leadership of large transformation projects, have already ‘walked the talk’,” he said.
Tenga’s assessment of the situation on the continent comes as more organisations are planning a hiring spree over the next 12 months as they
envisage growth prospects to improve.
Last year’s PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC’s) 16th Annual Global CEO Survey shows that business leaders are more concerned than ever about being able to find skilled professionals.
From the survey 96 percent of CEOs in Africa and 87 percent in South Africa were most concerned about the lack of skills.
Technology and engineering firms struggle the most with the shortage of skilled employees, according to the research.
Commenting on the need for skills based on the finding of the PwC survey, Gerald Seegers, Director of Human Resource Services at PwC Southern Africa, said the gap between the skills of the current workforce and the skills businesses need to achieve their growth plans was widening.
“Businesses need to get out of the mindset that new skills equals new people.
“The most successful organisations will combine recruitment with developing their own people to be more adaptable to its changing plans,” Seegers said.
– CAJ News
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