Experts say lack of investment in training and development impacts on productivity

Experts say lack of investment in training and development impacts on productivity

Representatives of Government, unions and employers agree that the training and development of people should be prioritised to improve productivity.
David Iigonda, the Deputy Director of Labour Market Information in the Ministry of Labour said the first priority should be in the training and development of people.
Some ministries have zero budget allocation for training and development. It's the same with some businesses.
Another priority should be infrastructure development.
"We are told to work from home but some don't have access to the Internet," he said.
Daan Strauss, the secretary-general of the Namibia Employer's Federation said Namibia has also not invested enough in the development of people's skills.
There's a complete disconnect between academia and the skills people need in the job sector.
He said universities and industries need to address the skills gap.
He said poor productivity cannot entirely be placed at the door of the pandemic.
Strauss said businesses lack risk management, financial and human resources management strategies.
Job Muniaro of the NUNW said at the moment we do not have policies on productivity and we can therefore not measure it.
He rhetorically asked, does the curriculum speak to development and productivity?
Muniaro bemoaned a lack of communication between the various stakeholders.
The trio discussed the impact of the pandemic on productivity at the COVID-19 Communication Centre this morning.