Week to engage, challenge and inspire

All civil servants will have the opportunity next week to sharpen professional and life skills and enhance wellbeing during Training and Development Week, hosted by the Portfolio of the Civil Service (PoCS).

The dynamic learning opportunity is to be held from 26 – 30 November 2018, with sessions in the Government Administration Building. The organisers say it will engage, challenge and inspire all civil servants.

You will be able to choose from more than 20 workshops throughout the week. Sessions focus on the goal areas contained in the 5-Year Strategic Plan for a World-Class Civil Service, namely: customer experience, leadership, communication, talent development and governance. Additionally, a wellness component has been included for each day.

“The PoCS is pleased to provide learning and development opportunities across our Civil Service. We want all of our employees to work, grow and connect, by having access to training that is relevant and enticing,” says Chief Officer Gloria McField-Nixon.

Mrs McField-Nixon encourages staff to take advantage of courses that will sharpen their skills and offer insights into this ever-changing world. 

This program is designed to enhance civil servants’ ability to work in a fluid, shifting environment. Additionally, it will provide access to internal and external experts who are thought leaders in their field.

Here is the current line-up of workshops and presenters:

Wicked Problems and Clumsy Solutions by Winston Sutherland
The Benefit of Essential Oils by Felicia McLean
Managing Anger in Healthy Ways by Cindy Blekaitis

Power, Confidence, Executive Presence by Tara Tvedt
Emotional Intelligence by Infinite Mindcare
Yoga by Nidra Iliana Bonilla
Zero Based Budgeting by Carol Bennett

Change Management by Dr Weishan
Cyber Security: I have nothing to hide. Really?! by Lionel Fairon
Psychological Functioning for Success by Denise Casserly
Managing Workplace Anxiety by Cindy Blekaitis

Data Protection Law by the Office of the Ombudsman
Followership by Dr Tasha Ebanks Garcia
Mental First Aid Awareness by Ricardo Henry
Building Wealth One Step at a Time by Georgie Loxton
Yoga by Nidra Iliana Bonilla
Holistic Nutrition Food as Medicine by Jeri Bovell

Joy of Diversity & Making it Work for You by Joy Baldridge
Ancient Ayurvedic Wisdom in a Modern World: Practical Tips to Promote Longevity and Vitality Every Day by Heidi Stafford
Millennials: Aligning their Goals by Dr Tasha Ebanks-Garcia & Japhia Augustine.


The Training and Development Week follows immediately on the heels of the 2-day Leadership Conference entitled “The Dynamic Leader: Responding to an Uncertain World” which wrapped up earlier this week, and was attended by more than 200 senior leaders across the public service.