THE Public Service Commission and the University of the South Pacific have signed a memorandum of understanding for the Executive Leadership Development Training agreement.
The development program is to assist in training senior executives in the civil service and provide capacity building.
PSC permanent secretary Parmesh Chand said they were working on developing and implementing a public sector leadership development program to be mandatory for various levels of senior executives in the civil service.
Mr Chand said the PSC had completed leadership training for about 40 per cent of the total number of officers in the senior executive cadre.
He said with the signing, USP would be expected to train the remaining 60 per cent.
USP acting vice chancellor Dr Esther Williams said the decision by the PSC to award the training tender to USP was a welcome move.
Dr William said they were happy to partner with PSC in the delivery of a crucial and important service to meet capacity-building and professional needs of the public service.
“We are committed to delivering high quality training and service,” Dr William said.
“The leadership training program proposes to assist managers and supervisors acquire competencies to deal with management and leadership issues that come with positions of responsibility.”
She said staff may have been working in their respective positions for some time and this push for leadership training would add value to what they do and could do in the future.
Dr Williams said the training intended to facilitate a number of key areas that include development of personnel and career goals and plans, familiarisation with roles of a leader and a manager and networking among management peers.