Achieving ITF’s mandate through human resources development
By Martha Agas, Nigeria News Agency
The Industrial Training Fund Act, which came into effect on 8 Oct. 1971, mandates the fund to promote and encourage the acquisition of skills in industry or commerce with a view to generating pool of indigenous trained manpower to meet the manpower needs of the economy.
In order to achieve this organisational mandate, the management of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), instituted an annual Human Resources Development (HRD) seminar series.
Mr Joseph Ari, the Director General of ITF, who spoke at the event, said that it was one of the most important annual activity of the ITF.
“It provides us a platform to keep the fund’s work force abreast with current issues in HRD practice, as well as an opportunity for us to benchmark our activities against global best practices which has enabled us to remain competitive and at the forefront of the HRD sector in Nigeria, ” he said.
He said that deliberations at previous seminars resulted to lasting initiatives with fundamental impact on ITF’s activities.
“The process of developing our core values commenced as a result of deliberations at one of our HRD series, ” he said.
Ari said that as part of its efforts to go digital, ITF has commenced automating the processes of its Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).
He said the automation was in line with the fund’s efforts to be in tune with current technological advancement and improve the performance of its staff in line with global best practices.
“We are in an era of innovation and transformation, powered by information technology.
“The seminar will enable us remain competitive and at the fore front of the HRD sector in Nigeria.
“We have recorded tremendous achievements in automation and digitisation of some of our activities.
“ Our management meetings are paperless, remittance of training contribution and financial transactions now are fully automated, ” he said.
The ITF boss said that the seminar would help in charting a road map that would entrench holistic development of digital human resource in ITF, with a view to enhancing organisational excellence.
He noted that the deployment of digital technology to the management of its human resources have not received the desired attention, which necessitated the seminar on digital technology.
Ari said that ITF was desirous to ensure its human resources function in line with the current digital technologies to enhance organisational excellence.
Mr Zachariah Piwuna, the Director, Research and Curriculum Development in ITF, who spoke, said that the theme of the seminar was apt and in line with global changes in technology.
He urged the 180 participants to ensure that the knowledge and skills gained were properly applied in the discharge of their duties.
In his presentation, Mr Dele Aloko, the General Manager, South Atlantic Petroleum, said that human resource aid workers to understand, control and set realistic and achievable targets. t
He said that ITF was responsible for creating an enabling environment for technology to thrive, through its policies and human resources development.
Aloko explained that analytics often involved studying past historical data to research potential trends, in order to analyse the effects of certain decisions or events, or to evaluate the performance of a given tool or scenario.
He said that attaining organisational excellence, would lead to increased revenue, which translates to economic growth and development.
“Attaining organisational excellence leads to cost optimisation, improved customer experience, improved employee and customer satisfaction, and a more agile and nimble organization, that consistently achieves its goals by delivering value,” he said.
The human resources consultant said that
successful organisational outcomes required deliberate management and improvement in six key areas.
“These areas are information, which encompasses metrics, measures, and decision support; structure, which involves roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of each functional area.
“People, comprising total human capital within the organisation; rewards which comprise compensation and incentives; learning systems involving knowledge and training and work processes, consisting of interaction and linkage of workflows,” he explained.
He said that digital technologies and human resources analytics, support organisational excellence.
Aloko stressed that digital technology and human resources analytics are key critical enablers for success in any organisation. (Features)