By Emmanuel Elebeke
In demonstration of its commitment in capacity development in the telecommunications sector, Nigeria’s leading telecommunications company, MTN, has inducted 100 of its staff into Accredited Learning Scheme (ALS).
The training exercise which was first introduced in 2005 as a talent development and retention strategy is aimed at promoting the education and professional development of high performing employees who have spent a minimum of two years with the organization in full time employment.
Speaking on the initiative at the induction of the 2011 students at the MTN Nigeria corporate head office in Ikoyi, Lagos, MTN’s Human Resources Executive, Mrs. Amina Oyagbola explained that the “scheme offers MTN Nigeria employees an opportunity to study and acquire diverse educational and professional post-graduate certifications from designated United Kingdom Universities, via distance learning.
She explained that the objective of the learning scheme is to encourage employees in their self-development initiative and align employees’ development needs with the needs of the business through learning pathways. Other objectives of the scheme she identified include, a need to provide MTN employees with the opportunity to engage in learning
programmes leading to certification in various areas, to encourage employees to acquire knowledge and development via identified universities and professional organisations, and to attract, develop and retain the best talents as key elements of best practice Employee
Value Proposition (EVP). The HR Executive said that MTN is fully committed to excellence within its organisation and is always raising the bar in service delivery for the overall improvement in human capacity within the Nigerian telecom space. The scheme is currently run in partnership with Resource Development International (RDI) UK which represents a network of reputable
universities and professional bodies in the UK to offer accredited distance learning to individuals within a business organisation. Also speaking at the induction ceremony, Director of Studies, RDI, Dr. Jenny Cooper, congratulated the staff and encouraged them to put as much effort as possible to achieve great results.
The selected universities offered under the ACL scheme include:University of Bradford, University of Teesside, Birmingham City University, University of Wales, University of Sunderland, University of Edexcel and University of East London. A total of 632 MTN staff have partaken in the scheme since 2005.