The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has expressed concern over the low uptake of the training levy and is encouraging local companies to make use of the levy in order to develop and improve the skills of local employees.
With Botswana moving from a resource based economy to a knowledge based economy, the Human Resource Development Council, manager-claims assessment, Ndiwo Makula, said there was an urgent need for companies to utilise the HRDF as it “is still sluggish at 15 percent.”
Amongst other things, Makula stated that the emerging economy of Botswana requires a vigorous response from the employers who should invest in workplace learning and equipping citizen employees with the necessary technical skills.
Whilst admitting that companies have been warming up to the idea of training citizen employees, he also encouraged such companies to conduct a needs based training analysis on its employees in order to identify the critical areas which need attention.
Through the human resource development fund, local companies are allowed to train citizen employees and get reimbursed for all the costs incurred. Makula also said the fund has been helpful in furnishing graduates with the necessary industrial skills in order to make the work ready.
Any company that has an annual turnover of P1 million qualifies to submit claims to the HRDF to train their staff.
Makula also expressed concern over the lack of commitment from various industries and training providers who charge excessive prices, adding that the HRDC had begun the process of tightening the screws to discourage underhand tactics from nefarious training providers.