We need trained work­force for high per­for­mance – CIPM

The Punch - - APPOINTMEN­TS & MANAGEMENT - Anna Okon

The Regis­trar and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Char­tered In­sti­tute of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment of Nige­ria, Mrs Bu­sola Alofe, has said there is a need to close the skill gap in the work­force and tackle the un­em­ploy­ment is­sues con­fronting Nige­rian grad­u­ates.

She said this in La­gos re­cently while field­ing ques­tions from jour­nal­ists dur­ing a press con­fer­ence.

She said the in­sti­tute was ready to cre­ate pro­grammes and part­ner with re­search in­sti­tutes and the In­dus­trial Train­ing Fund to ad­dress un­em­ploy­ment in the labour mar­ket.

She re­called that in 2018, CIPM launched an in­tern­ship pro­gramme called ‘Ready to Mar­ket the Skills of grad­u­ate’, a six months in­tern­ship scheme that was de­signed to bridge the huge skill gap in ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion and freshly cer­ti­fied CIPM mem­bers.

“The par­tic­i­pants went through three weeks ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing sec­tion with hu­man re­la­tions thought lead­ers be­fore be­ing de­ployed to the var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions for six months in­tern­ship pro­gramme,” she said.

“Af­ter the six months train­ing, we dis­cov­ered that many of them are now get­ting jobs in th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions and this has helped to ad­dress the is­sues of un­em­ploy­ment with the best prac­tices in hr pro­fes­sion.

“We must nur­ture the work­force for per­for­mance and growth while de­ploy­ing dig­i­tal so­lu­tion for high per­for­mance cul­ture.

“The en­vi­ron­ment in which work is done must be highly mo­ti­vated with dig­i­tal solutions. Em­ploy­ees need to be trained, re­trained, skilled, up­skilled and mul­ti­skilled to learn data in­ten­sive and ad­min­is­tra­tive task to step up and de­liver higher value.”

Alofe main­tained that there was a need to lever­age on dig­i­tal so­lu­tion to drive the knowl­edge econ­omy. She said, tech­nol­ogy was driv­ing speed and chang­ing the nar­ra­tives for best global prac­tices.

Com­ment­ing on the is­sue of ca­su­al­i­sa­tion and un­just treat­ment of em­ploy­ees in the coun­try, Alofe said the work­force must move in seam­less pro­gres­sion to avoid be­ing de-mo­ti­vated and frus­trated.

She said, “If there is un­fair prac­tices in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, there is a need to look at the man­age­ment and lead­er­ship of the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” she added.

She pointed out that if there was non-com­pli­ance to labour laws in the cul­ture of an or­gan­i­sa­tion, the CIPM would en­sure that an ar­bi­trage court was en­forced on such or­gan­i­sa­tion for non­com­pli­ance to labour laws while en­sur­ing that me­di­a­tion and res­o­lu­tion were ef­fec­tively car­ried out.

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