The office of the Public Service Commission (PSC) through the Vanuatu Institute of Public Administration and Management (VIPAM) has stepped in to upskill its employees, to enhancing productivity and effectiveness in the workforce.
Twenty-seven selected public servants from various Government Departments became the first cohort and are currently undertaking the Certificate IV in Office Management through a joint partnership with the University of the South Pacific (USP).
This Certificate course is a new initiative between the USP and the Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE).
The course consists of six courses which are, Office Finance, Organizational Skills, IT Use, Customer Service, Business Writing and Office Resource Coordination.
The course commenced this week and would roll out for three weeks.
Most of the participants are secretaries and at least 60% are French speaking. According to the PSC, the goal of the Certificate level course is to develop the role of individuals in administration, allowing individuals to apply solutions to unpredictable issues and to develop participants analysis and evaluation skills from a variety of sources.
The participants were encouraged to do their best in the three-week-long course.
A representative from the participant, acknowledged the organisers of the course and noted the importance of such training in terms of strengthening and enhancing the capacity and responsiveness of Public Service.
The course fees are met by the departments represented by each participant.