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Industry sectors to take part in Tertiary education fair


Industry Sectors will, for the first time, form part of the annual Tertiary Education Fair and Conference. The Human Resource Development Sector Committees which fall under the Human Resource and Development Council (formerly Tertiary Education Council), will provide guidance to school leavers at the Fair and Conference on career choices.


The Human Resource and Development Council (HRDC), which has been tasked with correcting the mismatch between human resource skills available in Botswana and those skills that industry requires by implementing the national Human Resource Development Strategy, is set to host the 2015 Tertiary Education Fair and Conference during the week of 23 to 28 March, 2015.

This year’s Conference will be held under the theme: Promoting Human Resources Development and Employability through TVET while the theme of the Fair is Gateway to realising your potential and shaping your future.


The objectives of the Fair and Conference are, among others: to market the tertiary education sector by giving the public and private institutions, the platform to showcase their offerings; to give school leavers the opportunity to learn about career paths before choosing institutions and programmes and also to give employers an opportunity to dialogue on issues of curriculum relevance, quality, sponsorships and collaborations.


The composition of the Human resource development sector committees ensures that the sector is comprehensively represented with employers, Government, labour unions, advisory, steering, support, and regulatory agencies, education and skills training and development specialists and institutions, professional associations and civil society as well as individuals possessing qualifications, experience from different constituencies such as business.   


The sector committees which have been established include Health; Tourism; Mining, Water and Energy; Creative industries; Finance and Business and Information and Communications Technologies.


The acting Chief executive of HRDC, Dr Patrick Molutsi, told WeekendPost that the sector committees are already making their impact felt in the human resource development process.


Dr Molutsi said that “The Mining sector committee has introduced a new artisan programme at Francistown Technical College and the Tourism sector committee has already implemented a new artisan programme at Gaborone Technical College and they have also produced a training plan.”


“With the help of consultants, we have done a sector situational analysis to know what is happening in the  markets, using research about political, economic, environmental, social and technical aspects, to determine how things will be over time,” said Dr Molutsi.


In due course, other sector committees will be established such as: Education and Training; Public Sector; Transport; Manufacturing and Research, innovation Science and Technology.

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