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Punjas Group Upskills Staff Through In-House Course

In an effort to invest in its staff, the Punjas Group has devised a training programme to develop aspiring managers and high performing individuals. The Punjas Certificate 1 In Management
20 Apr 2021 10:05
Punjas Group Upskills Staff Through In-House Course
Participants of the Punjas Certificate 1 in Management programme (left) Abdul Zain, Leena Shankar ,Vicky Narayan,Ronald Prasad,Punjas Group Director Nitin Punja,Maraia Nasau and Mazbin Begum. Photo: Salote Qalubau.

In an effort to invest in its staff, the Punjas Group has devised a training programme to develop aspiring managers and high performing individuals.

The Punjas Certificate 1 In Management (PCIM) is a Professional Development Programme designed by Punjas.

Twenty-nine participants were tested in the practical component at the Lautoka Methodist Primary School where they cooked dishes only using Punjas ingredients therefore testing their knowledge on these products.

Group Human Resources Manager Sharon Prasad said Punjas has more than 600 products.

“We have given them menus and they have a set criterion that is towards their assignment. So it’s evaluated out of hundred with independent judges, and whatever they score in here is counted towards the overall result,” she said,

“So the aim is to upskill them even appreciation of our products because we are our one thousand strength company, who else better to know, and promote our products than our very own people.”

Participants of the Punjas Certificate 1 in Management programme. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Participants of the Punjas Certificate 1 in Management programme. Photo: Salote Qalubau

 

She said some of the participants had been preparing all night with some arriving at 4am to set up their booths at the Lautoka Methodist Primary School where the assessment was held.

“We hope to have the graduation in July and invite the family members along to witness their achievement they have children,” she said

“We have trialed out zoom for Labasa and obviously flies over for assessments like this, we have one person traveling down from Suva, every week to attend this .The course is run from eight to one every Saturday and there’s two to three assignments in a one to two weeks to finish.”

She said the overall course is four hundred hours due to the bulk of work students have to complete.

“There is a bit of research application to real life situations and real skills, that is needed in the business. For example, I.T skills for managers, that’s run by our in house IT experts and they wouldn’t get that sort of knowledge anywhere else, exclusive to Punjas,” she said.

She said most lecturers were in-house however there were also guest lecturers

“I think two of the upcoming speakers are the Lautoka City Council CEO is coming up, Human Rights Counsel Sabrina Sharma is coming up to talk on human rights at work so it is linked with the topics they are studying,” she said.

 

Feedback: salote.qalubau@fijisun.com.fj



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