Angola is seen and known to have one of the fastest developing economies in the world and in order for the country to maintain this growth, filling the skills gap needs to be of priority.
FOREIGN INVESTMENT & INVOLVEMENT
Researchers have disclosed that foreign investment in Angola’s education sector IS growing as numerous UK and global higher education providers are planning for establishment in Luanda and further urban regions. Angola is remains upgrading its substructure and matters that investors may have had in the past with varied subjects: technology, power, water and internet capabilities. There is much notice of the improvements and development concerning the issues mentioned above which in turn has increased the entry of international businesses bringing with them solutions and investment. The door is now open for remote learning providers and e-learning including from Universities based at the world’s leading oil centers.
PRIVATE SECTOR TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
International companies already based in Angola are increasingly being encouraged to shoulder responsibility for equipping skills to the native Angolan workforce. BP Angola for example has established a sustainable development and community investment programme which focuses partly on education.
Employing and training Angolans to substitute expatriate workers- is a requirement for corporations engaged in the oil and gas sector. Angolan government through devising legislation has introduced codified targets and a new system of recruitment, integration, training and development of Angolan staff in the oil industry and the hiring of foreign personnel to the oil procedures.
Angola has implemented an annual personnel training development and progression strategy ensuring that the oil companies operating in Angola submit to the Ministry of Petroleum for approval regarding each staff member. Each plan includes training and skills targets.
VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL SKILLS
In addition to technical proficiency and skills there is also a huge demand for vocational and practical training in a variety of sectors in Angola. Some of this is steered by the Ministry for Social Reinsertion including shoe-making, electrics and stonework. This programme intends to get youth into employment while providing opportunities for local development.
There is an essential need in Angola for international corporations and establishments to invest capital and expertise in Angola’s education system and the political environment is amenable to approaches.