One Source Consult, a citizen owned company in partnership with Office of the President and Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) will host a job summit in a bid to offer practical solutions to the saddling unemployment challenge.
One Source Consult, owned jointly by Lawrence Ookeditse and Dr Mpho Pheko told a media briefing this week that the event will be star-studded, with high profile figures and experts participating in the summit. The two day summit is billed for 19th-20th October 2015.
Ookeditse revealed that the summit will be making its debut this year and it is expected to be held annually. “We wanted a platform where we will come up with practical solutions to the idea of job creation,” said Ookeditse. “Every year we will reflect on what has been achieved and possible areas for improvement.”
Ookeditse was adamant that the way in which the summit is planned will generate much needed solutions. He further highlighted the fact that the country is still putting together the National Development Plan 11 (NDP) as an opportunity for them to have a contribution through the jobs summit. “Next year the nation will also be crafting a new vision which also provides an opportunity for a forum such as ours to contribute on its formulation,” he said.
Ookeditse also affirmed the Office of the President, through Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi have agreed to come on board and will receive recommendations of the summit for possible implementation as desired by the delegates and participants.
Mokgweetsi’s office has been tasked with creating jobs by President Khama owing to the growing encumber of unemployment which continues to leave thousands of graduates roaming the streets. Masisi will also be one of the speakers at the summit.
Dr Pheko noted that the summit will also allow small business owners in the informal sector and job seekers to have a contribution in the deliberations. He said even small businesses in the informal sector have a potential of expanding and creating jobs or playing a significant role in job creation.
Dr Pheko also pointed out that, since they want to reach out to as many people as possible, they will effectively use media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to offer updates during the presentations and source for feedback from the community.
One Source Consult has also engaged Thabiso Maretlwaneng’s Dee Zone Productions to produce a video that will capture the opinions and views for some people who would not be able to attend the summit due to one reason or another. HRDC Head of Marketing and Communications, Faith Tuelo said they are optimistic that the summit will come up with ideas that will foster job creation hence their participation in the summit.
HRDC has been tasked with ensuring that the country produces skills which are needed by the industry to avoid skill mismatch. Tuelo observed that a forum like the Jobs summit could be crucial to offering insight on how the industry is faring in that respect.
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