A recent survey conducted among companies in Uganda has revealed that a significant 58% of them find training employees to be a more challenging task than the initial hiring process. The findings shed light on the complexities faced by employers in ensuring the proper development and upskilling of their workforce.
The survey, carried out by a leading business research firm, aimed to understand the challenges faced by companies in Uganda when it comes to training and development initiatives. A diverse range of industries and sectors participated, providing valuable insights into the prevailing sentiment among employers.
Among the respondents, a majority expressed their difficulties in training new hires and equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform effectively in their roles. Many companies highlighted various obstacles, including limited resources, time constraints, a lack of specialized training programs, and difficulties in keeping up with rapidly evolving technologies.
Sarah Namubiru, the CEO of a medium-sized manufacturing company, shared her concerns, stating, “Finding qualified candidates is one thing, but ensuring they receive the right training to excel in their roles is an ongoing challenge. We often struggle to allocate sufficient resources and time for comprehensive employee training, which can hinder their growth and our company’s overall progress.”
The implications of ineffective employee training extend beyond the individual companies. A workforce that lacks proper training and development opportunities can result in lower productivity, decreased employee morale, and reduced competitiveness in the global market. Therefore, addressing the training challenge is crucial for both the companies and the overall economic growth of Uganda.
Experts emphasize the importance of investing in employee training and development to bridge the skills gap and build a highly skilled workforce. They suggest that companies should establish robust training programs that align with the specific needs of their industry and provide ongoing support to ensure employees acquire the necessary skills for their roles.
In response to the survey findings, several industry associations and government agencies are exploring initiatives to support companies in their training endeavors. These include providing access to training resources, promoting collaboration between educational institutions and businesses, and encouraging a culture of lifelong learning and upskilling.
Furthermore, experts recommend that companies adopt innovative training methods, such as e-learning platforms, mentorship programs, and partnerships with training institutes or universities, to enhance the effectiveness and accessibility of employee training.
As the discussion around employee training challenges continues to gain attention in Uganda, it is hoped that companies will prioritize the development of their workforce. By investing in comprehensive training programs, businesses can nurture a skilled and adaptable workforce that drives innovation, productivity, and economic growth in the country.