20 November 2020
This week, from Monday 16 - Thursday 19 November, the Office of the Public Service Commissioner delivered the final Public Service Induction Training for 2020, 30 Public Servants from Agencies as diverse as Te Marae Ora, Ministries of Corrective Services, Justice, Marine Resources and MFEM.
Training Facilitator Teresa Tararo said “Being the facilitator is rewarding because we get to meet, teach and learn with our colleagues from across the Public Sector. During the sessions, I am always heartened knowing what an amazing group of people we have working for our country. There is a lot of pride in wanting to do what is right, and to change the negative perception of our people about us Public Servants”.
For many participants, it was their first time to learn about the Code of Conduct and about tips to manage bullying in the workplace. Participants felt that the practical group activities were useful in demonstrating the importance of good communication and effective listening in their work. Many wanted more information on the CIGOV human resource polices, and how to engage in problem solving in the workplace.
“Gaining a greater understanding of how the Cook Islands Government works makes you appreciate working for Government” said Rangi Purua from the Ministry of Marine Resources.
The Induction Programme serves to introduce Public Servants to our constitutional history, the main features of the Cook Islands Government systems and structures as well as key human resource polices. A total of 165 Public Servants have completed the training between July 2020 and November 2020.