A Preliminary Training Needs Analysis for Mauritian-managed Sugar Companies in Africa
Provider Institution: Robert Antoine Sugar Industry Training Centre
Principal Inestigator: Mrs. L. Mamet
Report Available upon request.
This preliminary study aimed to carry out Training Needs Analyses (TNA) in sugar companies in Africa that are under Mauritian management, namely: TPC Ltd, Tanzania; Mtibwa Sugar Estates Ltd, Tanzania; Companhia de Sena, Mozambique; and Sucrivoire, the Ivory Coast. All the companies involved in this study were newly privatised, were undergoing rehabilitation, and were suffering from lengthy absences from competitive business environments. The major challenges facing the new management teams expressed the need to develop high-class teams to increase the overall productivity of their companies. Each company was embarking upon new working practices that required high-performance work.
The project was divided into three distinct phases. Phase 1 concerned the background data collection period, Phase II was the in-country preliminary study of training needs and Phase III involved the design, production and delivery of a tailor-made Business Awareness Programmes (BAPs) and targeted capacity-building programmes. The impact of these programmes has been very positive as measured by evaluation questionnaires and by direct feedback from the management teams. Unfortunately civil war in the Ivory Coast has halted all training initiatives in Sucrivoire whilst Mtibwa Sugar Estates Ltd in Tanzania indicated that capacity building was not their priority at the present time.
Objective of the project:
To study training needs of employees of Mauritian-managed sugar companies in Africa;
To increase the productivity of Mauritian-managed sugar companies in Africa through the development of business understanding and increased competencies;
To design and develop systematic and relevant capacity-building programmes to meet the specific needs of each company.