Training Of Public Sector Workers Critical To Effect Transformation

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  • Chief Technical Director for the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme in the Cabinet Office, Marjorie Johnson, says the training of public sector workers is an important investment to effect transformation.
  • Speaking at the recent opening of a four-day Performance Audit workshop for 35 internal auditors from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in New Kingston, Mrs. Johnson said that the Cabinet Office is constantly seeking ways to support the training and empowerment of public sector workers.
  • The Chief Technical Director said the application of robust auditing practices must become the new norm in order to support the Government’s goal and signal “to our local and international markets that Government is serious about performance and applying world-class evaluation and rigour to our programmes.”

Chief Technical Director for the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme in the Cabinet Office, Marjorie Johnson, says the training of public sector workers is an important investment to effect transformation.

Speaking at the recent opening of a four-day Performance Audit workshop for  35 internal auditors from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in New Kingston, Mrs. Johnson said that the Cabinet Office is constantly seeking ways to support the training and empowerment of public sector workers.

“We consider investments in training to be an important pillar for effecting true transformation, building the capacity of those who make the machinery of Government work, and providing the tools that enable them to lead the public sector into the new age,” she said.

Mrs. Johnson told the auditors that their roles are becoming more central to ensuring that Government delivers on its core functions, requiring greater evaluation of risks, internal control and executing programmes that are properly designed and delivering impactful results.

“All of us in the public sector have a greater role to play in the stewardship of the resources we have been entrusted with by our citizens and partners. You, the internal auditing fraternity, are a major driving force behind getting all of us ready to be better stewards to interrogate our programmes and to deliver on our promises,” she added.

The Chief Technical Director said the application of robust auditing practices must become the new norm in order to support the Government’s goal and signal “to our local and international markets that Government is serious about performance and applying world-class evaluation and rigour to our programmes.”

She called on the auditors to tackle inefficiency and ineffectiveness at its root, so as to signal to the local and international markets that “our processes are transparent and that results are certain.”

“Question our standard ways of operating and transforming them process by process, so that we add real value. We must hold ourselves accountable to the expectations we create both with GOJ entities which we must work with to deliver strong programmes, and with our citizens who expect us to be doing our very best to ensure that their resources are dealt with most cautiously,” she urged.

The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Finance and Planning’s Internal Audit Directorate, in collaboration with the Office of the Cabinet.

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