Vanuatu To Provide Training At Public Administration Institute

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Institute hoped to address lack qualified public servant positions

By Glenda Shing

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, July 31, 2012) – Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, has officially unveiled the name to the Government’s newest institution, Vanuatu Institute of Public Administration and Management (VIPAM).

The newly established Vanuatu Institute of Public Administration and Management aims at providing an update quality standard training for mid to senior level public servants in all government ministries, departments and provinces throughout Vanuatu. Same training standard is also extended to all private sectors/agencies workforce that often, are left out with training and development opportunities.

As a highest institute, VIPAM aims to be a centre of distinction for training consultancy and research in leadership, management and administration.

After the country’s Independence in 1980, the Government Training Centre was established. Seventeen years later in 1997 and after the Comprehensive Reform Program, the centre has grown to a higher stage and been given the name Human Resource Development Unit.

Today, in the perspective to improve the performance of its officers in the modern world, the Office of the Public Service Commission took the decision to further upgrade its Human Resource Development Unit into the Vanuatu Institute of Public Administration and Management.

Like other Public Services in the Pacific Region, the Vanuatu Government Public Service (VPS) is also facing difficulties in appointing quality people across a number of critical areas.

Particularly the VPS leadership capability is at risk, very senior public servants are retiring from service, more and more young graduates are joining the workforce with high hope for appointment in key positions, and there is limited experience in the leadership feeder group.

It is the view and the mind of the PSC that to ensure the ongoing professionalism and quality of VPS leaders, urgent steps are required. The VIPAM is the key part of the response.

VIPAM maximizes the opportunity to recruit people in leadership roles in a timely manner. PSC says it strongly believes that VIPAM is also linked to organizational success, with developed VPS leaders proving better performers.

VIPAM is about ensuring the viability and sustainability of a supply of potential employees, ready to assume key or critical roles in the VPS now and into the future.

The VPS needs to develop a culture that identifies high potential people and accelerates their exposure to wide range of development experiences needs to be built. A culture in which senior managers reach further down the organization to identify and development high potential employees, and to manage the anticipate ripple or knock-on effects as people move into different roles.

The Institute is governed by Public Service Commission. The main function of the PSC includes the determination of the overall policy direction of the Institute as well as oversight responsibility for institutional development and overall management.

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