VDT Communications Limited, a broadband communications and 4G LTE Advanced services provider has been recognised among learning and development greats in Nigeria.
In a Learning and Development Benchmark Survey, VDT is among the five best companies in Learning and Development in Nigeria.
The survey, which involved over 100 corporate organisations of different sizes, was conducted for a duration of 14 months by Digital Jewels, an information value chain consultant. The survey focused on workplace learning and development activities in corporate organisations and government establishments. It took a holistic approach at exploring all levels of learning and development functions, namely: Training Circle, Knowledge Management and Talent Management.
The assessment criteria used for the survey were, Learning Strategy, Business Impact, Learning Execution, Employee Satisfaction, Leadership and Commitment. The result showed that among several others surveyed, few companies in Nigeria adopted best practices and implemented commendable learning and development initiatives. The top five among these category in order of premium performance, were First Bank, which scored 86 per cent, followed by Nigerian Breweries and Total Nigeria Plc with a score of 80 per cent each, Nestle Nigeria Plc scored 74 per cent while VDT Communications scored 72 per cent.
VDT relentlessly pursues a productive learning and development policies for her staff across board in spite of the economic crunch in the country. It is mandatory that each VDT staff undergoes major external training in his or her area of competence twice in a year. This is in addition to several workshops, seminars and conferences recommended for different staff members throughout the year.
Furthermore, monthly internal training driven by the staff members in each department is an active aspect of VDT’s Learning and Development Policy. Also, top management staff are enrolled in management programmes of prestigious tertiary institutions such as the SMP programme of Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos. Some technical staff members and other staff are also sent abroad on specialised training in different aspects of the company’s services.
According to the company’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. David Ese, “Owing to our passion for Learning and Development, VDT also engages in offering free training to graduates in her Modular Trainee Engineers Programme to increase the employability of our engineering graduates as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. VDT believes that the problem of unemployment in Nigeria is not only due to lack of jobs, but due to the fact that a good number of Nigerian graduates lack the requisite experience and knowhow which make them unemployable especially in a technical field like engineering. This is why VDT decided to take the bull by the horns by offering a free training platform for our graduates.
In June this year, VDT passed out the third batch of graduates from the program and has since commenced the admission and training of the fourth batch, Ese said.
Head Human Resources and Admin at VDT, Yinka Siyanbola, said: “It is a great news and an honour to be named along with the four corporate titans in Nigeria as maintaining best practices in learning and development of our staff.”
“It is also a confirmation that we are doing something remarkably right in this direction and an encouragement to do more. This has also boosted the confidence of our customers that our service offerings are businesses are being handled by our highly competent and intellectually sound staff, leveraging current knowledge and most modern approaches in offering dependable solutions,” Siyanbola said.