The Choppies Retail Group has commissioned over 100 trainee managers.
Once fully trained, this batch is expected to assume leadership positions in the Group’s stores across the country.
The initiative by Choppies is aimed at facilitating the process towards localization and citizen empowerment.
Ministers Neo Moroka (Trade) and Peter Siele (Agriculture) welcomed the trainees.
The trainees were told that the mere fact of them being chosen as first entrants made them “worthy beneficiaries of the ongoing private sector development partnership between locally operating entrepreneurs and the State.”
According to the Choppies Group, the partnership may only come to fruition if and when it is informed by a visible entrepreneurs’ participation.
The citizen worker also has to take part in key operative processes of the businesses they are involved in.
“The event is a clear demonstration of the unwavering commitment of the Choppies Group to the localization policy of Government,” says the Group’s Public Affairs Director, Ben Stegling.
At the event, the ministers expressed their gratitude at efforts by Choppies to train citizen entrepreneurs in industry skills.
This particular initiative by Choppies is part of greater efforts by the private sector to augment the tertiary education institutions in providing industry targeted skills.
To some degree, tertiary institutions in Botswana have been found wanting with the caliber of their graduates said to be at odds with the private sector needs.