In their efforts to continue empowering students, Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) will hold its 9th Botswana Human Resource Development Skills Fair and Career Clinic this year. The 2018 fairs which will be held in both Gaborone and Francistown will go by the theme – ‘Guidance for human development, gate way to diversifying Botswana’s economy’. In Francistown the fair will be held form 6th – 9th March 2018 at the Business Botswana Grounds while in Gaborone it will run from 19th – 23 March 2018 at Fairgrounds. HRDC Chief Executive Officer Dr Raphael Dingalo said the career fairs and coaching clinics are very important to the students as they help them acquire skills necessary to choose their careers. Dr Dingalo said they also broaden their knowledge and skills as well as maximise their career opportunities. “The students have the opportunity to interact directly with training institutions as well as industry experts,” he said.
Alongside the career fairs, HRDC will hold the Human Resource Development Conference. Dr Dingalo said the objective of the conference is to provide a platform for information sharing on the best practices and innovations for the betterment of the quality of graduates the country produces. He said it also provides an opportunity for stakeholders to exhibit their products and services. The CEO has shown delight on the growth of the skills fair and career clinics. He said the previous fair in Gaborone had attracted 21,457 students who attended it. According to Dingalo, this is a great reach which helps them attain their aim. However, in Francistown only 3,858 students attended the fair. He is optimistic that the numbers will increase this year. Director, Human Resource Development Planning (Supply) Dr Ellah Matshidiso concurred with Dingalo, saying the fairs are making an impact in helping students to choose courses that they pursue. “There has been a shift of enrollment in universities. In the past more enrolments were in humanities but now enrollments are more for science related courses,” she explained. She said there is a great need for production of qualified graduates looking at what the market needs. She believes that the career fairs and coaching clinics are helping a lot.