This project work was primarily designed to examine the impact of manpower training and development on purchasing personnel in manufacturing industry. The scope of this study was restricted to workers in PZ Cussons Aba factory.
In the course of conducting this research, a thorough review of relevant literature was embarked upon to identify the positive impact of manpower training and development on purchasing personnel. Based on the objective of study, research questions and the literature, two hypotheses were formulated and tested in this study. The method of gathering data was the close-end questionnaire. The parameter for analysis was the simple percentage and Chi-square (x2) method of data analysis.
The chapters in this the project were distributed as follow; chapter one introduced the project topic under study; chapter two focused on the review of relevant literature on manpower training and development on purchasing personnel; chapter three dealt with the research methodology; chapter four presented the data and its analysis.
Finally the researcher concluded with a brief summary of the entire research, policy implication and recommendation in the last chapter.
There appears to be evidence more convincing about the poor quality of employees working in different sectors of the economy especially in the manufacturing industry. This is why most national governments have started to encourage employees training and development by incorporating grass-root workforce training and development in their nationals’ policies. This is also seen in the Nigeria government. Here the government in its quest to boast employees training and development, established some agencies like; administrative Stock College of Nigeria (ASCON), Centre for management development (CMD), Industrial Training Centre (ITC), to mention but a few. The private sector also organizes training and development centres in order to contribute their own quota towards manpower training and development at work places.
However, training and development activities differ from sector to sector as well as company to company. The needs and skills areas in which a company desires, determines the levels of training and development programmes such company will embark on in order to attain its goals and objectives. it could be technical skills, supervisory skills, communication skills, materials management skills, accounting skills and other related specific areas of management like procurement skills.
The rate of a nation’s development is specifically based on the quality of its workforces, which is predicated on the quality of training and development programmes. This is also the case to companies especially manufacturing ones like Paterson Zochonis Cussons. This is so because the quality of training and development activities a company put in place, will increase productivity, greater adaptability to new methods, ensures lesser supervision, preparing one for a higher job, maintain and raising the standard of performance as well as increasing morale and confidence in the performance of duties. Also ugly situation like side-tracing and retrenchment are reduced drastically.
From the foregoing, it can been seen or observed that both training and development aimed at sustaining the nation’s economy as well as that of a company because both improve efficiency effectiveness of the workforce thereby ensuring total actualization or organizational goods and objectives.
In Nigeria since independence in 1st October 1960, the rate, pattern and techniques of employee training and development have been negatively influenced by ineffectiveness and unpopular government industrial policies and the poor performance of the corporate sectors. This has led to the existence of excess unskilled and semi-skilled manpower in the labour market. As a result of this, many people, though, they have acquired university education but lack the necessary practical skills needed for gainful employment. And those that were employed are not qualifying for immediate corporate functions due to lack of training facilities and high cost of training. This phenomenon is responsible for high rate of retrenchment and unemployment in Nigeria. One major problem that is created by these deficiencies is that there are also many unproductive staff.
The magnitude of this problem is traceable to management perception of what constitutes adequate training and development of manpower. Manpower proponents of adequate training and development argue that unless companies in Nigeria start to adequately train and develop their staff, in vain will their employee performance especially purchasing personnel and productivity limited. Firms that do not spend sizeable portion of their annual profit in adequate manpower training and development will have to penalize growth and the rate of return on their investment.
It is from the foregoing that this study is targeted to the impact of manpower training and development in PZ Cussons Plc and evolved a techniques to solve the problems that may arise from manpower training and development which are hampering employee performance especially purchasing personnel in the company .
The major purpose of his study is to evaluate the impact of manpower training and development in the manufacturing sub-sector with greater reference to PZ Cussons PLC. Other factors influencing the objectives of the study include the following:
Finally to recommend to the PZ Cussons PLC
New methods and techniques for manpower training and development in order in order to stimulated greater performance and productivity.
For the purpose of this study and to ensure that reader flows along with the researcher, it becomes necessary that the following questions be ask and answered very well:
During the course of this study, many views were raised, investigated and verified. Others that cannot be confirmed immediate were reconciled through the use of hypothesis formulations which are listed below:
The scope of this study is restricted to the impact of manpower training and development on purchasing personnel with reference to PZ Cusson PLC. The reason for this is influenced by the availability of large but untrained labour force in the Nigeria labour market and the gross negative effects of unskilled or semi-skilled personnel in the overall company’s performance in the market.
The scope will be further intended to includes;
PZ Cussons PLC is chosen because of its position in the Nigeria manufacturing sector, as a one of the top manufacturing company in the country. However, other issues not directly linked to the scope already mentioned but relevance to the topic was incorporated into the study.
The topic study was carefully chosen based on its relevance to the success of any manufacturing company like PZ Cussons PLC as purchasing personnel performance is a major determinant of higher productivity. The research study will be of increase important to employers of labour in different sectors, be it in the manufacturing sector or any other sector.
Also managers, mostly personnel managers and management will find it to be a very good reference, student of human resource management and industrial relations will find the outcome of this study relevant to their academics pursuit. Though, with this research, it cannot be claimed that enough justice has been done to the topic but it will be agreed that a contribution had been made.
The researcher effort will therefore in no large measure contributes to the available literature on the topic and as well broaden the knowledge of the researcher and other scholars who may pick interest in this topic in the nearest future.
As a result of the vastness of the area of manpower training and development, the research tends to covers only the impact of manpower training and development in a typical manufacturing company with particular reference to PZ Cussons Plc Aba Factory.
This research work would have gone beyond this it not for ;
Nevertheless, these limitations have not in any way impaired the good intentions of this study.
The following terms are defined as they are used in the study: