The long awaited Botswana Human Resource Development Skills Fair and Career Clinic 2016 finally starts tomorrow (Monday). It will run until March 19, 2016 at Fairgrounds in Gaborone. Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) acting Chief executive Officer Dr Patrick Molutsi said the fair is in line with this country’s pillar of an informed and educated nation. Dr Molutsi said the fair has created a marriage between tertiary institutions and the industry. He said this marriage is important in order to mitigate the supply/demand imbalance that is there in Botswana. Molutsi is of opinion that learners need much more guidance on careers paths before they can make their choices.
In recent years there have been concerns from stakeholders that there is a mismatch of skills in the country, hence the growing unemployment rate. “As a result, all Human Resource Development Sector Committees will be available to disseminate information to students about careers available in different sectors,” said Molutsi. Meanwhile, Molutsi emphasised the need for Botswana to start investing more on graduate studies. He said more people should be sponsored to do their post graduate studies if the country wants to realise its ambitions of having a knowledge-based economy. He said consultations are on-going between HRDC and government about this. “I would be very surprised if this will take more than a year to commence,” he emphasised. However, he said people should be prepared to share the costs with the sponsors as it will not be all free.