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22 Nov
By: root 1

COOPERATION BETWEEN ACADEMIA AND PRIVATE SECTOR CRITICAL FOR RIGHT SKILLS

The KEPSA Chair Ms. Flora Mutahi participated in the Commonwealth Skills and Entrepreneurs Webinar on 17th November 2021. The webinar looked at the new skills challenges, sharing perspectives from leaders in academia, corporates looking to recruit and employ, and the ever-changing nature of entrepreneurship and start-ups.

Ms. Mutahi was joined in a panel by Mr. Niro Cooke, Director, The Capital Maharaja Organisation; Ms. Lindeka Dzedze, Executive Head, Institutional Clients and Global Markets, Standard Bank Group; Ms. Jamie Lyon, Global Portfolio Head for Business Management, ACCA; Dr. Paul Noon OBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Enterprise & Innovation, Coventry University; and Mr. Gordon Scott.

In recognition of the fact that work is evolving – creating new challenges and opportunities for established businesses, academia’s interaction with business is critical, both to ensure that graduates are leaving with the right skills and mindset for careers in established industries and also to ensure they are well equipped for the jobs of the future.

While responding to a question on how business and academia can work together to equip the young population in the Commonwealth, Ms. Mutahi noted that the business community needs to help academia to realise what they require. This, she said, will be achieved by pointing out what’s not working and giving the information that can improve the curriculum and have a demand created curriculum.

The forum was graced organised by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), led by its CEO Ms. Samantha Cohen.

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