Corporate Training Stakeholders’ Engagement Dinner

On the 14th of October 2015 the Corporate Training Department hosted a Corporate Training Stakeholder's Engagement Dinner. The aim was to bring together training coordinators and decision makers from both the public and private sectors to engage with the department on all issues affecting staff professional development and training.

The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) was represented by its Director of Funding Ms. Victoria Damane and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) Manager Ms. Lebogang Mpinang.

During his welcoming remarks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Communications Mr. Lucky Moahi described the journey that Botho University took from its establishment as a single faculty institution to a leading multidisciplinary high quality tertiary education provider.

The Manager of the Corporate Training department Mr. Billy Batlegang explained that the mandate of his department is to offer courses that enhance the professional capacity of persons who are already employed in order to improve service delivery and career development. He also stated that the department has over 200 short courses that run throughout the year, according to the training schedule, with durations ranging from one day to six months.

Ms. Damane explained that the Government of Botswana, through the approval of the Human Resources Development Council Act No 17 of 2013, established the HRDC with the objectives of providing policy advice on all matters of national human resources development; coordinating and promoting the implementation of the National Human Resource Development Strategy; preparing the National Human Resource Development Plans and advising on Tertiary Education Financing and Work-place learning.

She went on to explain that the HRDF is a training fund that has been established for skills development in the country. Damane further elaborated on how the HRDF operates; which companies are eligible to claim the levy; the training levy rates; claimable costs and other important factors. However, she lamented at the low rate of companies that claim the training levy, explaining that only 15 percent of eligible companies have been able to claim and that over BWP 600 million was not claimed in the last financial year. Damane encouraged attendees to acquaint themselves with the fund and to contact her office should they require any assistance with the training levy.

The event, which was attended by representatives of organisations such as Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), Barloworld Motors, Department of Public Service Management, Local Government, Choppies and others, included a Q&A session during which attendees asked questions about the Corporate Training Department's short courses and the activities of the HRDF.