oa Mosenodi - An investigation of male and female employment opportunities and training needs in home economics related businesses in Botswana
The study investigated employment opportunities, competencies required and training needs in home economics related businesses in Botswana. The sample comprised managers, supervisors, and operators working in food service, clothing manufacturing and textile production. Structured questionnaires were administered to subjects to collect data on competencies required, employment by gender and their training needs. Results indicate that home economics related businesses offered a variety of employment opportunities to men and women in Botswana. In the businesses covered in the study, most employees were trained on the job and it is suggested that training is needed in basic production skills, communication and human relations skills. This creates a need for home economics education programmes to prepare individuals for this viable job market. As part of the ongoing curricula reform in Botswana, home economics curricula at various levels of education should be designed to prepare both men and women for entry into home economics related businesses.
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