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He said the emphasis should instead be focusing on delivering leading-edge corporate training in the areas of business strategy and transformation, implementation and delivery, technology as well as customer experience.

Tenga said universities and colleges generally focus on theoretical and conceptual grounding, an area which they did well.

“However, the dynamic, volatile and ruthless nature of the business landscape today means that no manager or knowledge worker is ever prepared enough to operate, manage or lead in such volatility,” he said.

He further explained Rubiem Training Institute was bridging the gap between university education and practical industry demands.

The institute is a subsidiary of a large pan-African consultancy company, Rubiem Technologies, which has branches in over 8 African countries.

“We come in to give corporate managers, leaders and the rest of the knowledge employee practical perspectives, tools and knowledge to enable them to operate effectively within the dictums of the current business environment,” said Tenga.

He said trainees at the institute would be exposed to specialists who have already successfully delivered in their respective areas.

“They are thus not simply subject matter specialists they are experienced trainers who, via their leadership of large transformation projects, have already ‘walked the talk’,” he said.

Tenga’s assessment of the situation on the continent comes as more organisations are planning a hiring spree over the next 12 months as they envisage growth prospects to improve.

Last year’s PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC’s) 16th Annual Global CEO Survey shows that business leaders are more concerned than ever about being able to find skilled professionals.

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Source : The Herald