Funded courses for civil servants will be provided free of charge

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Acting Minister of Civil Service and Administration Thulas Nxesi on Wednesday announced the rollout of a series of funded courses for civil servants offered by the National School of Government which will be provided free of charge to ministries.

The courses will be delivered within the framework of promoting the professionalization of the civil service and improving the performance of civil servants in their respective roles and responsibilities in the three spheres of government, which are national, provincial and local.

These courses will be distributed and shared by province and national departments.

The following funded courses are available for immediate enrollment by public servants in all three spheres of government:

Citizen-Centred Service Delivery: This program will help public servants rethink their relationship with the public and reflect on how they deliver services to citizens.

The art of facilitation for the progressive realization of socio-economic rights: empowering traditional leaders to act as agents of economic change in their communities and to be able to create sustainable jobs and community wealth while creating an active rural population that participates in and supports economic development. It will also help traditional leaders identify and use local natural resources in an environmentally sustainable way.

The Art of Facilitating Participatory Community Engagement: Developing active citizens who know and assert their rights and can hold government to account and promote societal progress by making government officials understand how to engage communities.

Youth development (personal mastery): preparing young people, especially interns, to work beyond government with generic employability skills such as self-management, emotional intelligence, critical thinking and decision-making , networking as well as applying for jobs in the public service.

Supply Chain Management for the Public Service: Developing Public Sector Supply Chain Management Skills to Accelerate Service Delivery and Mitigate Negative Outcomes Related to Supply Chain Management procurement in ministries and public entities.

Avoid irregular, wasteful and wasteful spending: Empower public officials with the skills to manage public spending to avoid irregular, unauthorized, wasteful and wasteful spending.

Program and Project Management: To empower public servants to design and implement programs to advance the National Vision 2030 Development Plan.

Coaching for leadership development: to equip public servants with coaching skills and tools to enhance individual management development skill sets as well as organizational development.

Evidence-based policy development and implementation: equip officials with the technical skills to be able to use a range of tools to support policy development and implementation processes.

Minister Nxesi stressed the need for continuous education, training and development of civil servants.

“The government is serious about building a capable state and a civil service that has the skills to serve the public effectively, efficiently and courteously.

“We will continue to invest in the training and development of civil servants so that they can carry out their duties with the necessary knowledge and expertise. We invite the ministries of the three spheres to take advantage of this opportunity and recruit civil servants for this well-needed training,” Minister Nxesi said.

Course inquiries should be directed to the following email address:[email protected]

(With contributions from the South African government press release)

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