Effective well-targeted skills development interventions supporting organisational objectives require good skills planning. A skills audit process can support good skills planning by determining what skills are required by the organisation, what skills each employee has, analysing the results and determining skills development needs.
The Mining Charter stipulates that “Stakeholders should formulate a comprehensive skills development strategy to include a skills audit.” Numerous companies within the sector have done or are planning to conduct skills audits in order to identify the skills that the organisation requires as well as the skills the organisation currently has. Experience within and beyond the Mining and Mineral Sector has shown that there are various ways to conduct a skills audit and the real benefits of skills audits to organisations are numerous.
In addition, the Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO) – a skills-based coded classification system of occupations- provides a common language when talking about occupations and can provide a useful basis for determining skills requirements, a key component of conducting a skills audit process.
The MQA Skills Audit Colloquium aims to provide an opportunity to Mining and Mineral Sector stakeholders including Skills Development Facilitators, HR Practitioners and Skills Development Committee members to share their experiences and views of skills audits and reflect on good practice in skills auditing. Furthermore, other sectors in which skills audits are well underway will be sharing their challenges and lessons learnt.
The Colloquium will take place as follows:
Date: Thursday, the 4th of December 2008
Time: 08H30 for 09H00