The Institute of Development Management (IDM) held a breakfast meeting for their stakeholders to update them on new developments at the institute. IDM was founded in 1974 to offer management courses to different companies mainly from the government. The institution executives shared information on new short executive programmes that they have launched in Gaborone and Francistown campuses. The courses introduced were those that offer development needs at senior management, middle management and operational levels in both public and private sector enterprises.
They highlighted their strong collaborations with institutions like Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) and Botswana Qualification Authority (BQA) in order to make sure that the service they offer is of high standard. Some of the courses that are offered in management at IDM are Leadership and Management Development, Finance and Non Finance Management, Public Relations, Purchasing and Materials Management, Entrepreneurship Development and Counselling in the Workplace just to name but a few. Some of the long courses that the institution offers are Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons), BSc in Finance and Accounting, BSc(Hons) in Supply Chain Management and Bachelor of Office Management where in most courses they are the only institution offering such courses at that level in Botswana.
The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Fidelis Molao, said they view IDM as a very important stakeholder because they enable the organisations to make continuous improvement. “IDM has built a long lasting partnership with the government and it has penetrated markets of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland and proved that people are the most precious resource of any organisation,” he said. He said it is how well the human power is utilised to achieve the highest success and IDM has been helping the government in the endeavour because they are able to groom for them employees with the highest ability to execute strategies.
IDM Board Chairperson Ruth Maphorisa said they have been working very hard to improve their services. She said that they are at the centre of transformation and it is up to companies to distinguish them from the pack by coming to IDM. “It is no longer about how much minerals the country has but how well it utilises the skills and the competencies of its people,” she said. She added that everything that they have to offer has totally changed, where they have been focusing on what are their blind spots in order to take the institution forward.