The Chief Secretary to Government Isaac Lupari, CBE, congratulated 56 staff of the Department who completed short courses in Basic Report Writing, Investigative Report Writing and Certificate in Computing and Information Technology.
The training was an inclusive training, involving casual workers and permanent staff, from the cleaner, security guards, soft level staff and managers.
The courses were put together after several meetings with the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG) and funding of more than K400, 000 from the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council.
In his keynote speech, the Chief Secretary congratulated the gradands on gaining skills that will not only help them do their work but also help them contribute back to the community after the public service.
I have been in this organization for four years and I am now seeing one of the things that I have been pushing for come to fruition,” Mr. Lupari said.
Mr. Lupari shared his own experience of when he first joined the public service saying: “When I first joined the public service after university, my boss told me that my degree was theory and I needed skills that I can actually apply at work.”
Short upskilling courses will give you those skills. Respect, appreciate and apply the skills that you have gained.
The Chief Secretary said the training will continue next year and urged the Department’s Training Committee to work hard to make that possible for other staff as well.
Department of Prime Minister & National Executive Council’s Deputy Secretary Operations Tess Wingi reiterated the Chief Secretary’s sentiments, saying training will continue in 2020.
Mr. Wingi thanked the Chief Secretary for his support and also for providing the resources in terms of funding to make the training and gradation possible.
He said the short courses upskilling training is important because it creates the environment for the civic staff to ensure that they perform their duties according to the Department’s Corporate Plan and the training also create efficiencies so the staff support the work programs of the department and government as a whole.
Mr. Wingi emphasized that, this is why such training programs are important.
Approved for release, 20th November 2019.