Gov’t officers equipped with workforce planning skills


MORE than thirty (30) Human resource officers working for government ministries have successfully completed a three-day training on workforce planning.

Speaking during the closing ceremony at the Iron Bottom Sound yesterday, Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Public Service (MPS), Luke Cheka shared his optimism about the impact of the newfound knowledge.

“I think the last three days has been a learning process for all of you. You are definitely learning new things from the courses that APS has delivered, so I hope that the training we are giving now will help the ministries to improve, especially in workforce planning” PS Cheka said.

He promised the participants that his ministry is willing to commit in upskilling them by delivering more similar trainings/ workshops in the future.

PS Cheka also announced that the Ministry is at the early stage of developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Australian Public Service Commission, underscoring their dedication to fostering partnerships that facilitate such invaluable training opportunities.

The training itself was facilitated by three officers from the Australian Public Service (APS) Center of Excellence for Workforce Planning.

Representing the APS, Assistant Director International, Bronwyn Armstrong expressed hope that the workshop has established network among their ministries.  

“I really hope that you’ve all been able to engage and build that HR network between your ministries with each other and I want to really remind you that this relationship doesn’t just stop here between your peers here within your ministries and with the Australian Public Service” Armstrong said.

Now equipped with the necessary foundation skills in building a robust workforce in the government ministries, Armstrong encouraged the participants to translate the theories of the training into practice.   

A representative speaking on behalf of the participants extended his appreciation to the MPS and the APS for facilitating the workshop, echoing a collective enthusiasm for future engagements and learning opportunities.

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