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A recent client satisfaction survey carried out by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) revealed that 87 per cent of the institution’s clients are satisfied that their staff’s performance improved as a result of their training at the Institute.
More clients are likely to corroborate this finding, as close to 200 participants graduated from the Institute’s specialized training programmes on Saturday, December 10.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIND, Ruby Brown, who gave an update on the agency’s growth at the graduation, which was held at the Old Hope Road campus, noted that, “through its predecessor organisations [MIND has] almost 30 years of public sector training experience”.
The institution had its genesis between 1975 and the early 1980s, “which saw both an expansion as well as the institutionalisation of training in the Jamaican public sector”, Mrs. Brown reported.
In the early days, public sector staff training was provided by five separate institutions. They were the Administrative Staff College, the Finance and Accounts College of Training, the Secretarial Staff College, Scotia Centre and the Language Training Centre. These were amalgamated, giving birth to MIND in 1994, as the main public sector training agency in Jamaica.
An executive agency since 1999, the institution continues to widen its own technological base and infrastructure to achieve its vision to strengthen human resource capacity that supports sustainable national development.
Edwin Jones, Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI), who delivered the main address at the ceremony, said that the execution of MIND’s mission, “translates into training a new generation of people who have the management and leadership skills, the courage and the wisdom to tackle burning and intractable problems of our time”.
He implored the graduates to “let Jamaica benefit from [their] collective knowledge base, skills and wisdom”.
Citing the impact that the courses of study had on the graduating class, Valedictorian and participant in the Human Resource Management Associate Degree Programme, Donnette Rhomes declared: “we are prepared to be change agents”.
Miss Rhomes pointed out that her “course contents were reflective of the latest concepts and best practices in Human Resource Management”.
“The Management Institute for National Development has prepared us, and is ideally poised to prepare others for the challenges ahead,” she said. Miss Rhomes told JIS News that the courses offered by MIND were practical and thorough, and that they surpassed her expectations.