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Civil servants to undergo productivity boost

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

REGIONAL civil servants can expect to be part of a training program to boost their productivity and efficiency in the workplace.

This comes after the USP-based Regional Centre for Continuing & Community Education (RCCCE) signed a three-year partnership with the university.

The partnership will train senior civil servants, middle managers and front office staff to increase efficiency and productivity in the public sector.

In launching the partnership, USP vice-chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra said the program would upskill senior secretaries and personal assistants to play a more active role in leadership, as well as assist with project management and be equipped with financial and human resource management skills.

"In order to make the public service more professional, the training will ensure competency-based assessments with direct application of learning at workplaces," Prof Chandra said.

The program is set to encompass a total of 14 countries from throughout the Pacific region and will be facilitated by RCCCE and the Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA).

Acting Public Service Commission permanent secretary Iliesa Lutu said they were aware of the need for capacity-building and determining clearer roles and responsibilities in enhancing public sector efficiency.

"Government now needs secretaries who can think critically, analyse issues and diligently organise and manage the work of senior executives," Mr Lutu said.

The training will last four months, after which participants will be awarded a professional certificate for senior secretaries and personal assistants at level five.

This is in line with the Fiji Qualifications Framework.