Workforce Planning is a planning tool which ensures that an organisation has current and future access to the human capital it needs to perform effectively. It includes identifying current and future personnel needs and exploring the most appropriate and cost – effective methods to recruit and retain these individuals. In this regard, the Public Service Commission conducted its first training for this Financial Year 2019/2020 on Workforce Planning for three half days
(3rd – 6th September 2019) at the PSC Conference Room for line Ministries.
- Thirteen participants invited from Government Ministries were trained and capacity built on how to develop a Workforce Plan with key themes including:
- Understand current Workforce Plan status and discuss findings of review and M & E;
- Further understand and apply the principles, approaches and tools relating to developing organisation workforce plans with special focus on but not limited to:
a. Information gathering workforce data;
b. Analysis and interpretation of workforce data;
c. Development and implementing workforce plan strategies;
d. Monitoring and evaluating a workforce plan;
- Understand and apply the principles, approaches and tools relating to conducting workforce plan projections;
- Explore a way forward for effective Workforce Planning in the Public Service.
The calibre of participants who attended the training included Principal’s, Senior’s and Officer’s level. The training was conducted by Ms. Faafetai Vaevaina and co-trained by Ms. Sigalo Kei of the Office of the Public Service Commission.
The participants reiterated that the applications of the new knowledge, skills and lessons learnt is crucial to ensure the transferred of knowledge. There was also a mentioned of the eagerness of the trainees to share the knowledge to their work colleagues.
From the discussions that took place, the participants have noted the need to improve the workforce planning guide to make it more ‘user-friendly’. Thus, PSC will now take on board assessment of the training evaluation and find alternative measures to make workforce planning easier to update as well as review in line with other strategic documents like Corporate Plans.
During the certificate presentations, Ms. Sarona Esera-Filipo, ACEO for the Human Resource and Development Division at PSC, congratulates the participants and acknowledged their participation during the training. Again, she encouraged the participants to value the new learning and to apply it where necessary.