Basic Components of an HRD System in National TVET Operations
Human resources development is at the core of all TEVT operations. Training plans and course design for staff training make sense only in the context of long term staff development with training related to the specific accountabilities of different staff functions.
Among its many functions, a Human Resources Department plans the use of the training and allocates the training in a manner consistent with employment requirements.
Without such a structure, training is simply a random series of unplanned or panic planned events, is not recorded, is not related to performance, has no particular impact on employee performance, and is unsustainable.
Thus, the development of a strong Human Resources Department is fundamental to not only the success of any training program, but to the future of a national TVET strategy.
Generally, human resources development (HRD) systems are put in place to comply with the requirements of external authority and have little meaning outside of that context.
What makes sense is to build a human resources development system that meets the minimum data requirements to satisfy labor law, but the absolute maximum of opportunity to link staff to appropriate development opportunities related to performance enhancement, job growth and preparation for advancement.
Beyond effective senior management, an effective HRD program has the following components:
By linking training to specific accountabilities, institutions and departments would greatly strengthen its overall performance.
It would also reflect in its own behaviour the importance of employer commitment to training that it is promoting to industry. Using itself as a model, it could then work with enterprise and government organizations to develop similar plans and to allow TVET providers to deliver skills training that appeared as requirements for these other organizations.
Within the organization, the allocation of training opportunities will be more rationalized. The development of such a system will take time but if you don’t start now, it will just get harder.
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