MANPOWER TRAINING AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES: A STUDY OF POWER HOLDING COMPANY OF NIGERIA (PHCN), ENUGU STATE

Author: Okoye Christian Chizoba
Department: Sociology/Anthropology
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

This study investigated manpower training and the development of public sector employees in Enugu State. The study is based on a survey of 416 respondents selected through the multi-stage sampling technique and 40 participants from Focus Group Discussion (FGD) Guide. The instruments used for data collection comprise structured questionnaire and Focus Group Discussion Guide. SPSS was used for accurate analysis of data collected from the questionnaire. Descriptive statistics like simple percentages, frequency tables and graphic illustrations such as bar charts and pie charts were used in analyzing the research questions. All the hypotheses were tested using chi-square inferential statistics (X2). On the other hand, qualitative data generated through focus group discussions were analyzed. The researcher typically used extensive field notes which were subsequently coded and analyzed in a variety of ways. The findings show that the quality of manpower training enhances employees’ performance, and that level of funding has not influenced manpower training in public sector. However, it was found that on-the-job-training is the main method of training available to public sector employees in PHCN in Enugu State. Again, this study found that there are different criteria for selecting staff for training activities in the organization. Given the findings, it was recommended that the management of PHCN should improve staff participation in training and development activities. There is the need for the management of PHCN to institute measures to ensure that staff benefit from its training and development policy.

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