Tuesday, 23 July, 2024

Skilled human resource strategy in offing: Bista


By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Sept. 7: The government is preparing a strategy to create skilled human resources for the various business and other sectors.
Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Gokarna Bista said that the new strategy would be completed and announced soon.
“The government plans to create a large number of skilled human resource in the coming years that can meet the demand of both the public and private sector but it has very limited resources,” he said while speaking at the 8th National Human Resource Conference organised by the Human Resources Society (HRS) Nepal on Friday.
According to him, the government plans to train about 400,000 people in a year but there is a shortage of proper institutions, resources, experts and market statistics which make the target quite a challenge.
“But the government is committed to move ahead with the available resources. We don’t have the luxury to sit behind and wait for the desired time and resources,” he said.
The government is also trying to harmonise the education policy with the HR strategy. The new education policy will give priority to technical education and creation of skilled and technical manpower in multiple sectors.
Minister Bista also urged the human resource managers to be aware of the impact of automation on jobs and find ways to address the gap as well as the challenge. “We have to estimate the future trends and developments while devising HR policies now,” he said.
The HRS presented the result of ‘Nepal Skill Report: An initial assessment’ which pointed that organisations’ managerial staff needed skills on analytical problem solving, conflict management and team building, information and communication technology, and communication and interpersonal skills.
Majority of the respondents said that their skill on those areas was less than adequate or needed improvement. “Many respondents indicated that training strategies would address the skill gap, but they also indicated that to a certain extent, there is a lack of training institutions available in Nepal,” said Sarita Karki, study coordinator.
About 91 per cent of the participants of the survey said they needed trainings to improve their skills and knowledge.
The report notes that there is a shortage of qualified technicians, supervisors, and high-post managerial workers because of the poor-quality, theory-based education being delivered in Nepali schools and universities.
President of the HRS Nepal Mohan Ojha said that the human resource must be equipped with the knowledge and skills on the latest technology, system and methodologies of management.