Further cementing its association, leading skills development training company, LFP Training partnered with Business Day to host a Business Day Dialogue breakfast. The morning saw keynote speaker Steven Cohen, former head of Sage One International and a panel of experts addressing an audience of decision makers on Skills Development and BEE compliance in South Africa. Cohen firmly believes that by investing in people, a company invests in the future of its business. He focused his address on the importance of teaching and learning. Investing in training, but also knowing how to spot talent and invest in the right people is key to taking a business forward, he added.
During a panel discussion on the same topic, moderator Semeyi Zake of Business Day TV asked the panel about the importance of skills development and the need to comply. Thabo Mashaba, Chief Employment and Transformation Officer at the Alexander Forbes Group said that the objective of BEE is to equip people with the skills that we need in SA. Norah Munyai, Training and Development Executive at Imperial Logistics points out that by aligning skills development initiatives to the objectives of the organisation and its strategy, we will see a tangible effect. According to Dominic Gaobepe, Director at Empowerment Voice International, “skills development is one area that could really work to alleviate poverty and unemployment.” Fetola’s Catherine Wijnberg says that corporate SA carries the burden of bridging the gap caused by a poor education system. While there has been some effort on the part of government to equip learners post-matric via youth development initiatives, there is still further upskilling, coaching and mentoring that needs to take place. Now, more than ever, corporates play a critical role in our country. By partnering with reputable providers, embracing transformation and using training and upskilling as a means to propel the nation, we will make a difference.
Both upskilling and reskilling are required for strategic direction, particularly when it comes to being equipped for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, suggested Mashabe. Business imperatives and social impacts are not mutually exclusive, concluded Gaobepe, adding that organisations should develop skills both for their own businesses and for the market at large. In closing, Commercial Director for LFP Training, Nthabiseng Phoshoko says that Skills Development Training initiatives with reputable and established companies will look to transform the educate and unemployment landscape in years to come. “We have trained more than 7 000 learners and have partnered with more than 700 clients to make it happen. With campuses in the three major cities and online learnership platform available to ensure that your business continues as normal, it’s now easy to invest in people and provide opportunities.”