IPA streamlines training programmes

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BELAIT

THE Civil Service Institute (IPA) has recently consolidated its five training centres into two to simplify and improve the delivery of its training programmes.

Training Officer at IPA Aimi Akmal Hj Massod yesterday said the new Centre for Executive Development will focus on leadership training, while the Centre of Learning Development would drill on the fundamentals of management, communication skills and administrative tasks.

“Previously we had five centres, including one for management, ICT, communications, leadership and so on. We began the consolidation in 2014, and began implementing programmes under the new structure this year,” said Aimi on the sidelines of a briefing on IPA’s training programmes for 2015 to 2016.

He said the institute has expanded beyond offering training solely to government ministries and departments to include those from the private sector as well.

“Since two years ago, we have been trying to branch out to the private sector and non-government organisations (NGOs), to invite them to join us for our training courses,” said Aimi.

For April 2015 to March 2016, IPA has lined up 131 programmes under its new training directory, which seek to improve employees' competency in carrying out tasks, developing their personal attributes and building their ability to reach out to people.

“We have outlined three competencies, Self, Task and People. For Self, we are looking at creativity and innovation, thinking capabilities and being effective.

Task touches on policy and management, while People focuses on team building, public relations and the art of listening and speaking,” he said.

Aimi said interested government ministries and departments need to go through its self-appointed 'Training Officer' who function as "IPA's ambassadors" by liaising on what programmes are needed.

Yesterday's briefing at Dewan Persidangan Kuala Belait was aimed at raising awareness of IPA's new programmes and services.

The Brunei Times