MASERU- Botho University, through their department of Corporate Training has introduced innovative short-term training courses aimed at building professional capacity of both the public and private sector employees.
The university’s Corporate Training Department has over 200 corporate training and professional development programmes.
Manager of the department at Botho University Billy Batlegang indicated that the courses aim to equip employees with tools and resources they need to enhance their performance as well as stay updated on the ever changing industry technology.
“We work with companies and individuals, helping them develop crucial competencies and empowering employees at all level to become more competitive. We develop professional development programmes designed to measurably improve productivity, performance and profitability,” he said.
“We assist in enhancing professional capacity of persons who are already employed for career development,” he added.
Batlegang indicated that they have programmes that are tailor-made to suit certain professionals and can run for a day, two months or up to 12 months. He also said that their courses are delivered in a flexible manner to allow students study at their own convenience.
“The courses are taught by highly qualified and experienced local and international staff using state-of-the art infrastructure,” he said.
Among the many courses offered include Corporate Governance, which is designed to equip trainees with an in-depth understanding of key aspects of the frameworks of corporate governance regulations as well as critical issues relating to risk management at workplaces.
The purpose of the study is to equip learners with the competencies in terms of knowledge, value and skills to interpret the importance of corporate governance in the contemporary business environment. Learners will be able to contribute to business and society through an increased awareness of the importance of corporate governance, its link to corporate citizenship and its role in responsible business practices that lead to environmental, economic and social sustainability.
There is also Financial Management for Non-finance Executives which aims to equip learners with an in-depth understanding of key aspects of finance in investing, financing and resource allocation decision making within an organization. Other courses are in the field of information technology, business and accounting.
Meanwhile, Stephen Monyamane Jnr from Lesotho Chamber of Commerce said it vital for the working class to keep enhancing their skills for them to stay relevant in their respective careers.
For his part Letsatsi Sepiriti from Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) indicated that since businesses operate in the ever changing environment, enforcement of manpower is needed so people can adapt. He also encouraged companies to take their employees to training as such will benefit both the company and employees.
“According to income tax law section 39 (1), a taxpayer carrying business in Lesotho is allowed to claim 125% of expenditure of training or tertiary education as a tax deductible expense. Meaning as an employer you will end up paying a small amount of tax if you take your staff to training courses,” he said.