Joint Minds Consult (JMC) exists to develop and strengthen human resource development capacity through research and consultancy; data management and knowledge development; and training in the African context. The JMC strategic plan (2019-2023) consists of three pillars which are a) research and consultancy; b) data
management and knowledge development and c) training. The focus of the training programme is on the following:
JMC recognizes the failure of conventional education and training in public and private tertiary institutions to focus on the skills gaps of the work force in Botswana and Africa at large. JMC aims to offer outcome based tailor-made, responsive evidence and experience informed short to medium term courses for workers, learners, non-governmental organizations and the employers themselves on skills requirements in the national and regional labour markets. This is the first year of the JMC training programme and the launch commences with a package of short courses that will be conducted for a period of six months in Gaborone and two other locations in Botswana when need arises. The key features of all JMC training modules are that they are: interactive; skills based and gender responsive.
Therefore the outcomes of these training workshops will be:
JMC will apply outcome based learner-centred approaches through-out the training process based on the principles of relevance, quality and impact. The following multiple approaches will be used:- Brainstorming techniques to pool together ideas and generate participants’ thinking on their needs requirements. Probing, prompting and leading techniques will characterize JMC facilitator’s interactions to help participants on trajectories that will enable them to acquire the desirable training skills. Group work – To share perceptions and construct knowledge. Interactive activities and tasks will generate a buzz atmosphere in the training room/s. Role-plays will be used as a means to convey lived experiences in the field. Plenary to converge ideas and generate a confluence of shared knowledge and understanding on the skills needed by a trainer of trainers will be a feature of our training. Case studies will contextualise the knowledge by providing vicariously lived experiences. Use of technology will be used to amplify the knowledge and skills. For example, use of pod casts. Gender analysis will be used to inform the common and different roles of women and men at different levels in policies, programmes and projects in the workplace, family and society at large. Inturn, the gender analysis tool will be used to identify the gender-specific needs, priorities and responsibilities of women and men.
An Outcome based assessment approach will be followed. Certificates will awarded following completion of each workshop. For seminars, attendance certificates will be awarded to participants. Formative evaluation will be conducted at the end of every seminar and workshop. In December, JMC will provide a comprehensive summative report for the 2019 package of training workshops.
Target: The short courses target the following: public sector employees, private sector employees, employees in trade unions, civil society organizations, individuals and students.