MTN Uganda has received the prestigious accreditation by the Investors in People (IiP) Governing Board, United Kingdom as an Investor in People organization, making it one of the pioneer Companies in Africa to be recognized.
The assessment of MTN Uganda was carried out by a team of IiP assessors from the UK and their findings culminated in the accreditation. The assessment, conducted by Mr. Ken Baylis from Investors in People (IIP) UK, showed that MTN Uganda demonstrated a very high level of achievement against the Investors in People (IIP) Standard for people management processes and was thus accredited with the prestigious award. Similar accolades have also been won my MTN Nigeria and MTN Cameroon.
Announcing the new development, MTN General Manager Human Resources, Michael Sekadde said that MTN Uganda’s sustained success over the years has been built on the foundation of its People.
“This accreditation demonstrates our commitment towards developing and investing in our People through our unique Employee Value Proposition we call, ’The MTN Deal’ that has made the Company the leading Employer of Choice in Uganda”.
Sekadde further alluded to the recognition of MTN Uganda with the Best Training and Development Award for 2012 by the Federation of Uganda employers (FUE), which further demonstrates the company’s philosophy of continuous investment in its People to achieve Performance Excellence.
“At MTN Uganda, we believe that the role our people play in the success of the Company is very fundamental. Without the appropriate people and the right support practices in place, the Company cannot create an environment where they can deliver the Company’s Vision. That is why we are committed to invest in our people through a robust training and development strategy,” he added.
The Investors in People (IIP) Assessment is one of the World’s leading People Management Standards. It is a Business Improvement Tool designed to assist Organizations develop high performance through its people. ‘Investors in People’ is a proven methodology that leads to increased business performance and productivity.
The Assessment involves evaluating organizations to ensure that People Systems, Processes and Procedures are sufficiently embedded in the Organization. It focuses on areas such as; Understanding Business Strategy at all levels, Planned Learning and Development to achieve Business Objectives, People Management Strategies that promote equality, Managers capabilities and competencies to effectively manage people, Creating effective managers who can lead and develop people, Recognizing and valuing people, Encouraging people to make decisions as well as Effective Learning and Development practices and Investment in Talent.
Commenting on this achievement, the MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Mazen Mroué said that the company was particularly delighted by the accreditation as it reinforces MTN Uganda’s position as an Employer of Choice. “We are proud that three of our MTN Group Operations have been accredited, and MTN Uganda is one of them,” he said.
He pointed out that the E-Live Platform which is an e-Learning Tool that was launched in 2008 is one such initiative to foster Self-learning and Development of employees. “This initiative has enhanced the Web based learning for our employees at the Workplace and has enhanced their knowledge and skills,” Mroué added.
Elaborating further, he said that the Company’s Talent Management Strategy that ensures a pool of future Succession pipeline had been implemented successfully which has also led to increased Career development and up skilling of the Ugandan work-force across all the divisions in the Company.
The MTN Group as a leading Employer of Choice in most of its Operations in the emerging markets took a Strategic decision in 2012 to evaluate the quality of its People Management practices across its operating Units with the aim to benchmark these practices against world class standards of People Management.