More and more, international companies look far afield to recruit employees who will deliver the most value. This has created a competitive global market for labour – a phenomenon that has not escaped our part of the world. In order to be able to best utilise our current and future graduates and professionals, it is becoming increasingly apparent that we need to be fully conversant on the skills, experience, and abilities that we have and to more closely match them with the highly competitive regional and international landscape.
The United States Global Competitiveness Hub recently completed the first comprehensive labour market detailing Botswana graduates in a broad range of fields related to financial services and ICT. The study includes comprehensive data on numbers of students who have completed courses at different levels across a range of disciplines, both domestically and abroad. In addition, the study makes recommendations on steps Botswana should take to more closely align degree programs with the immediate demands of the business world.