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National Skills Audit Report Validated

Mr. Charles Karake, Director of HIDA (standing), briefing Presidents of Chambers of the Private Sector Foundation (PSF) on the skills audit data collection template

5th February 2009

The outcome of the National Skills Audit that was conducted from June to December 2008 was subjected to stakeholders’ validation at a workshop organized by the Ministry of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA) in close collaboration with the Human Resources and Institutional Capacity Development Agency (HIDA). This workshop took place on 5th February 2009 at Serena Hotel.

The workshop was intended to provide a forum for consultations on the findings of the Skills Audit and the derived implications to policy formulation on capacity building and EDPRS achievement.

Participants in the widely attended workshop were representatives of the various government and private institutions, and civil society organizations that participated in the skills audit exercise.

Mr. Charles Karake, the Director of HIDA, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Public Service and Labour, highlighted the importance the Government attaches to capacity building as a major component of national development and this was demonstrated by the commissioning of the National Skills Audit.

Mr. Karake said that despite Rwanda’s ambitious development goals as enshrined in and EDPRS and VISION 2020 no comprehensive skills assessment had been done. “The National Skills Audit Report would therefore provide the necessary empirical evidence of the existing gaps and provide the basis to design appropri¬ate policies and action plans to meet Rwanda’s develop¬ment goals,” said Mr. Karake.

A technical team led by Mr. Lawrence Muganga and supported Mr. Wachira Maina, presented a brief background on the formulation of the report, the applied methodology, the people involved in its production, findings and their implications.

The team reported that the audit assessed the existing skills situation in the country and identified critical gaps across institutions and sectors. Mr. Muganga explained that a Comprehensive Employer Survey Method was used in the study and is international¬ly recognized and has been used by the ILO; in Europe; USA; Asia and in South Africa. The methodology has been used to assess labour and skills shortages to ascertain labour stock and skills shortage. The Rwandan study allowed for institutional self-assessment. The study however used a quantitative approach and a qualitative study is recommended.

Mr. Muganga reported that after validating the data collec¬tion template, it was filled in by Human Resource Managers and other planning officers of surveyed institutions and this data was then submitted to HIDA to analysis and report writing.

“Rwanda has an acute shortage of human capital…there is a staff capacity of 60 percent of their short-term requirement –a gap of 40 percent (deficit),” the audit report reveals.

It revealed that Rwanda critically lacks professionals and technicians, especially in the education, hospitality industry and construction sectors according to responses for participating institutions.

“Institutions of higher learning seem not to be connected to labour markets,” said Prof. Silas Lwakabamba, the Rector of the National University of Rwanda.