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Opportunity magazine is a niche business-to-business publication that explores various investment opportunities within Southern Africa’s economic sectors. The publication is endorsed by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI).

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SKILLS in the number of jobs requiring project management-oriented skills and retirement rates. As a result, to close this talent gap, 2.3-million project managers and changemakers will be needed to fill these roles every year to keep up with the demand. In Sub- Saharan Africa, the market for project management-oriented employment is expected to grow by 40%, the biggest such growth in the world. _________________ Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was it built by one person. I am equally sure it had project managers to ensure it was delivered within scope, budget and on time. ________________ Skills-based hiring Domestically, the nature of work has rapidly changed during the last decade due to emerging technologies and disruptive forces such as 4IR, AI and automation. Moreover, the skills reset is due in no small part to the pandemic. Employers cannot solve the skills gap issue alone; they need support from educators to build talent pools with skills relevant to today’s business needs. Studies have highlighted mismatches between the skills African students obtain and those required by employers. Governments and youth-serving NGOs have attempted to address this through skills development programmes, including entrepreneurship training. Still, the assumption that every African youth without a job will be inclined to be an entrepreneur is hardly inclusive. Despite earning monikers like “last frontier of growth”, Africa is not without its challenges. The African Development Bank reports that while 10- to 12-million young people enter the workforce every year in Africa, only three-million formal jobs are created annually. Every project needs a manager. PMI reports that the global economy needs 25-million new project professionals by 2030. Credit: SANRAL The answer may be to focus more on skills-based hiring, which emphasises the specific skills needed for a position rather than educational credentials or prior experience. Skills-based hiring can help ensure you fill open positions with the right talent – whether that person comes from outside the organisation or your workforce. It can expand your talent pool and help level the playing field by eliminating some of the unconscious biases that can creep into the hiring process. This approach is ideal for Sub-Saharan Africa, where many people cannot afford to put themselves through universities. You can only start where you can start and from where you are now. If you’re currently employed, that is the place to begin with the skills development opportunities available. If you are unemployed, there are several free resources online, like KickOff, for you to test your aptitude for project management. Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was it built by one person. I am equally sure it had project managers to ensure it was delivered within scope, budget and on time. About PMI Project Management Institute (PMI) is the leading professional association for project management and the authority for a growing global community of millions of project professionals and individuals who use project management skills. PMI empowers people to make ideas a reality. Through global advocacy, networking, collaboration, research and education, PMI prepares organisations and individuals to work smarter so they can drive success in a world of change. Building on a proud legacy dating to 1969, PMI is a not-for-profit organisation working in nearly every country around the world to advance careers, strengthen organisational success, and enable project professionals and changemakers with new skills and ways of working to maximise their impact. PMI offerings include globally-recognised standards, certifications, online courses, thought leadership, tools, digital publications and communities. George Asamani, MD, Sub-Saharan Africa, PMI 44 |

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