One training body for all public servants.

Currently there are numerous departments of government arranging and running training courses for their staff. What is needed is a co-ordinated approach under one training body so that consistency and cost effectiveness can be assured. A body that would oversee and co-ordinate training. This would mean utilising and incorporating current best practice on island.

A single entity would ensure best practice is introduced throughout whilst also ensuring value for money. Furthermore, Government staff induction could take place centrally so all staff have a shared vision of what working for Government means and what is expected from them.

The current system means that Government cannot readily carry out a skills audit on its staff, in order to understand the make up of the workforce and identify any shortfall of skills required strategically by Government. Furthermore carrying out a skills audit would enable Government to involve appropriate knowledgeable staff in work streams or special projects or training delivery, maximising government efficiencies. Knowing the skills pool within Government staffing would make for a more efficient Government.

Whilst there are many competent people working within this area there is likely to be resistance to this change within Government because individuals and sections have created and developed their posts to meet the demand for staff development. The current system however, is grossly inefficient and does not offer consistency or best value for money, nor is it centrally auditable.

Why the contribution is important

The current disparate approach makes the various departments vulnerable to being overcharged by visiting specialists who can take advantage of those currently arranging training. It also means some sections go outside government for staff development when training could be more effectively delivered from within. At the same time admin sections and time is allocated across government arranging staff development.

by DAYZEE on May 14, 2017 at 09:03PM

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  • Posted by Jadedpublicservant May 14, 2017 at 21:20

    Whilst some are good, lot of current training courses organised by HR are poor, and could easily be covered in half the time, sometimes less. E-learning courses are often a joke (but a time-wasting one). Needs an independent review of need, scope, comtent and presentation
  • Posted by Yukiyama May 14, 2017 at 22:01

    Noooo the Cabinet Office has it's Training Division - please, please chop these jobs.

    actually cut the jobs yes redundancy
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