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Corporate training vital to human resources

Botho University corporate training manager, Mr Billy Batlegang, says corporate training is vital to human resource up-skilling.

Mr Batlegang said this at a stakeholders breakfast organised by the university at their under construction campus in Francistown on Friday.

The stakeholders breakfast brought together chief executive officers (CEOs) of various industries and government departments to update them on some of the school’s corporate programmes meant to up skill people in different working services.

“Some of Botho University’s corporate courses or programmes can run for a week, a month or a year depending on the complexity and need of the client.

Some courses in our corporate training include in the areas of information technology, business programmes, finance and accounting and neurolinguistic programme that covers such areas as communication and persuasion skills,” he said.

He further advised companies to invest in their human resources by training their corporate employees with Botho University as the school offers quality education and has been certified ISO 9001: 2008 by Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS).

Mr Batlegang said the university also boasts of state-of-the-art lecture theaters, plus a qualified workforce, hence it could provide them with quality corporate training. For her part, the director of funding at Human Resource Development Council (HRDC), Ms Victoria Damane encouraged companies to access the Human Resource Development Fund to train their employees.

She decried low response by companies to access the fund, noting that the fund had more than P500 million available to companies who meet their criteria to train their staff, but that few companies were applying for the fund.

Ms Damane also raised concern about some companies who submit exorbitant claims with their office for reimbursement of bills incurred during staff trainings.

She also noted that some companies submitted claims for reimbursement late and thus putting a lot of pressure on their already limited staff to approve the claims, saying it created a huge backlog of reimbursement claim payments.

When giving welcoming remarks and a brief history of Botho University, the school’s Vice-Chancellor and director of internationalisation and communication, Mr Ravi Srinivasan noted that the university was opened in 1997 and boasts of three campuses in Gaborone, Francistown and Maun.

He said the university has a workforce of more than 300 employees serving more than 6 000 students.

Mr Srinivasan said the school started as a college and was later accredited as a university and that they were technology driven, offering courses from four faculties of computing, faculty of engineering and applied sciences, faculty of business and accounting and faculty of education and higher learning.

The day ended with a tour of the university’s multi-million pula state-of-the-art Francistown Campus guided by the university’s officials such as the dean of organisational and external relations, Mr Golekanye Setume, administration manager, Ms Sylvia Buzwani and Mr Moses Poloko.

Francistown City mayor, Ms Sylvia Muzila also graced the event.