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The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) and the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to build capacity in the public sector.
The MoU, for an industrial relations training course, was signed today (March 1), by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIND, Mrs. Ruby Brown, and President of the JCSA, Mr. Wayne Jones, at the Institute’s Old Hope Road campus.
In his remarks, Mr. Jones said the training provided under the MoU would “create opportunities for the people in the public sector to become more marketable, not just for the public sector labour force, but for the Jamaican labour force (and) it also goes beyond the borders of the Caribbean.”
“We have to see and speak and think internationally. What we are doing is to make them more available, and marketable for the international labour force,” he added.
Mr. Jones said public sector transformation is in high gear, and there are many uncertainties, but “one thing is sure, the public sector is going to be there many years to come, and there are many of us who want to continue to serve our country through the public sector, and therefore, it behooves us (the JSCA) to play our part as a representative body, in trying to prepare people for that new dispensation.”

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), Mrs. Ruby Brown (left), and President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), Mr. Wayne Jones, sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an industrial training course, to build capacity in the public sector. Observing are: Director of Business Development and Communication at MIND, Ms. Glynis Salmon (right), and Deputy Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Mr. Dennis Townsend. The signing was held at MIND’s Old Hope Road campus, today (March 1).

He argued that the partnership with MIND was appropriate, as the institution has a rich history of human development initiatives. “MIND has an enviable track record of providing people with skills, knowledge and competencies that have made them more marketable and more relevant to the contemporary workplace,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Brown welcomed the partnership, noting that her organisation looked forward to the opportunities that it would provide to further support the reform and modernisation of the public sector, toward securing quality resource management, and achieving far-reaching and invaluable outcomes.
“It is our mission to provide public servants with quality leadership development options, management training, supporting services, and outreach that sustain a culture of enterprise, efficiency, and responsiveness to the publics they serve,” she said.
The CEO explained that in advancing its mission, MIND encourages collaborations and partnerships with local, regional and international organisations, in a bid to strengthen its capacity to provide a co-ordinated and integrated approach to management training and leadership development, consistent with the new developments in the field, and the reform and modernisation of the public sector.
The training course is being supported by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service’s annual training and development subvention, through the JCSA.