Fiji Civil Servants Take Part In USP Leadership Training

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Alleged lack of management skills prompts joint program

By Ropate Valemei

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 5, 2013) – The lack of management skills in public sectors has triggered Fiji’s Public Service Commission (PSC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) to train 120 senior civil servants on leadership.

The one-year training on Professional Diploma in Business Leadership Program is an initiative of the university to address gaps in leadership in the public and private sectors.

"We had responded to the need by our stakeholders who have registered that there was a weakness in leadership in most organizations because they have been appointing people with technical qualifications into the management positions without training them," said training facilitator and USP's training coordinator at the Regional Centre for Continuing and Community Education, Viliame Rabici.

Mr. Rabici said the first of the four from 120 senior civil servants at director level and heads of departments started their training at the PSC training centre at Nasese yesterday.

"People that we are taking to management positions came from technical areas. So they are specialists in their areas but not at management," he said.

"So now, we have to give them a choice whether they want to remain in technical or management. If they want to change to management, they have to be retrained."

PSC invited tenders from providers for an executive training program which USP won.

The workshop was accredited under the Fiji qualification framework under the Fiji Higher Education Commission for approval of course credibility.

PSC acting permanent secretary Iliesa Lutu said they began the journey to train public leaders two years ago and up to that point, they had completed about 40 per cent of the total number of officers in the senior executive cadre.

"Through this program, USP will be expected to train the remaining 60 percent," Mr. Lutu said.

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