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Training and skills development

Develop skills to fuel Africa’s growth

African countries face a formidable challenge in obtaining the skilled resources needed to develop infrastructure, drive economic growth and reduce unemployment. The countries likely to be most affected by the skills shortage are those on the cusp exploiting local resources. More broadly, there is a demand for infrastructure, driven by rising populations and rapid urbanisation. Demand will probably continue to be greatest for professionals such as engineers, technicians and artisans. These individuals are needed to bring on-stream new projects across the continent – and they are already in short supply. What's the reason for this shortage?

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Prioritising trades and occupations using foundational learning competence

South Africa is a diverse country with many economic opportunities, particularly in the mining, engineering and manufacturing sectors. However, a large portion of the population is unskilled and unqualified, thanks to the country's political legacy. There are many employment opportunities for skilled artisans but South Africa often has to import this talent because of a poorly qualified labour force available here. Is there a solution to this?

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Where are tomorrow’s software engineers?

The struggle to increase the number of graduating software engineers has been an ongoing challenge throughout the last two decades. While there are improvements, South Africa's matric maths and science results remain poor. This continues to have a lasting impact on the software sector and worsens the Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills shortage. As business is unable to function effectively without their IT infrastructure, this is a serious problem for our economy.

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Establish a learning culture as part of your employee management…

... And drive high performance

Josh Bersin from Bersin & Associates, in his article entitled 'How to build a high-impact learning culture', says that the single biggest driver of business impact is the strength of an organisation's learning culture. Cultivating a learning culture in organisations is critical to driving the performance and innovation necessary to compete in today's marketplace successfully.

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ERP training for your talent has hidden costs and complexities

Enterprise resource planning

Something that any HR practitioner in an IT-related environment must know is that training and educating end-users is key if any large enterprise IT project is to be successful. This is especially true when a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is started. However, many companies still don't provide for technical challenges, business complexities and costs of equipping talent with the competencies they need to drive the business getting as much benefit from ERP systems as they can, which causes costs to skyrocket. But this can all change if you educate and train your staff in ERP.

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