KHARTOUM– Leadership and management skills are essential to manage any institution effectively and efficiently. Therefore, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a training programme on Organizational management, quality assurance and monitoring and evaluation techniques for the senior management staffs of the vocational training and entrepreneurship centres (VTECs) and senior officials of the Supreme Council for Human Development and Labour (SCHDL), Khartoum State. The four days intensive training was attended by 20 participants and included interactive sessions to brush up their knowledge on a variety of management topics such as effective way of self, staff and time management, facilities management, conflict management, decision making and communication skills. Separate sessions were also conducted on quality assurance and financial management where participants learnt about Deming cycle (Plan-Do-Check – Act) of quality assurance and elements of business plan. In addition, participants analysed strengths and weaknesses of the VTECs as well the opportunities and threats arising from the current market situation. Training was conducted by international education specialist and management consultant Ms. Edith Neudhart.
The training was held interactively, built on the principle of competency-based learning, which is also the training methodology adopted by the Haj Yousif, Halfaia, Jabal Awlia and Kerari VTECs. Knowledge transfer was assessed during the exercises as well as through feedbacks acquired during and after the training programme. The aim of the training was to strengthen capacity of the management staffs to turn the VTECs into service centres for the private sector together with original mission to provide demand driven vocational skills for employment and self-employment for poverty alleviation.
During the closing ceremony on 4th July, the UNIDO Chief Technical Advisor Mr. Ram Kishore Prasad Singh thanks participants for their active participation during the training and requested the VTEC directors to prepare a detailed implementation plan to improve management functions of the VTECs. Government of Khartoum State acknowledge generous support from the European Union for the people of Sudan and we must thank UNIDO for organizing different capacity development activities for the SCHDL officials and VTEC senior management staffs said Mr. Awad Siddiq, Deputy Secretary General of the Khartoum State SCHDL during the certificate distribution ceremony at the Sudanese Turkish TOT Centre. Mr. Sidiq also requested UNIDO to plan for more such training programme to train other SCHDL staffs. The closing ceremony was attended by Mr. Hassan Adam, Director General of the Vocational Training Administration other senior officials of the Khartoum State Supreme Council for the Human Development Labour.
Training was conducted in the frame of the European Union funded UNIDO Project on Employment and Entrepreneurship Development for Sudanese Migrant Youth, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Host Communities in Khartoum State. The project is funded by the European Union (EU) as part of the EU Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) in the Horn of Africa, which has been set up to address some of the protection and development challenges related to forced and protracted displacement. The project objective is to enhance employment opportunities and stimulate entrepreneurship for unemployed youth including migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and host communities in Khartoum State. The project is implemented by UNIDO in collaboration with the Supreme Council for the Human Development Labour, Khartoum State, and other stakeholders.