Author's Name: Towett Geofrey, Dr. James K. Chelang a and Peter Gutwa Oino
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject Other
Section Research Paper


Constraining, Employees’ training, Kenya


Systematic employees’ training plays a paramount role in equipping employees with the required knowledge, and skills in order to remain competitive in the dynamic society whether in developing or in developed world. This research paper is an outcome of a study that was conducted in Eldoret Municipal Council in Kenya and examined the various challenges facing effective employees’ training. A total of 200 respondents drawn from all the seven departments namely; t Environment, Education, Social Services, Town Clerk, Treasury, Health, and Engineering Departments were considered in the study. The study adopted the use of research instruments such as questionnaires, interview guide for Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and secondary information sources to supplement the primary data. The study established that the major challenges facing effective employees’ training included the lack of staff training policy In EMC, inadequate budgetary allocation to employees training, loopholes in selecting trainees and undefined time for training, and insignificant support to training by the EMC. Based on the findings, the authors recommended that a regularized formal need assessment of the employees should be done in order to identify every employee’s need in terms of skills and knowledge. A training policy guiding EMC and all local authorities in Kenya should be formulated to guide municipal departments in assessing their strength and weakness and thus be able to address the training gaps in time. Adequate funds should be allocated by the municipal council and the ministry of local government for facilitating employees’ training programmes. It is important that the municipal council increases their current financial allocation for training in order to build the quality of its human resource. Finally, there is also the need to have a formal structure clearly outlining the criteria in which trainees are identified and selected for training as this will eliminate biased selection based on tribalism, ‘sex for training’, bribery and ‘godfatherism’.

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