The government has commended Illovo Sugar Malawi Limited for joining its efforts to address the skills gap in the country by providing training to graduates through its landmark Managers in Training (MIT) Programme.
Speaking when he presided over this year’s MIT conference in Blantyre on Friday, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Man power Development Patrick Kabambe said skills development plays an important role in developing nations by way of increasing productivity and reducing cost of production.
“It is pleasing to note that companies like Illovo are taking the initiative to address the skills development gap which is also among government’s priority areas,” said Kabambe.
Illovo Sugar Managing Director Patrick Mitchell said the company remains committed to developing local expertise by grooming Malawian managers to provide a new generation of leaders for Illovo Sugar Malawi.
“We started with 47 senior Malawian managers and now we are at 158 while the number of expatriates has gone down to 10 percent. This shows that there are a lot of Malawians coming through and it shows the commitment we put into this programme,” he said.
Mitchell said Illovo spends close to K10 million per candidate, most of whom, he said, get absorbed into the system.
The Illovo MIT programme exposes trainees to high quality training covering technical, managerial and business competencies required to be world class managers. It includes mentoring programmes.