5 October 2017
Participants from the Australia Awards Fellowship Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (HRM), have received a boost from a visit by their University of South Australia lecturers to some of their provincial government departments.
As part of their certificate program, the university will have its two course leaders play a role in post-course activities to further the participants’ progress and evaluate the fellowship’s impact and success.
This success is already evident by the fact that all 27 participants have passed their assessments and achieved their Graduate Certificate.
The Course Facilitators, Mr Ross Morriss and Dr Lindsay Ryan will visit two provincial administrations in West New Britain and East Sepik to gain a better understanding of local operating environments and build links with Papua New Guinea’s national HR initiatives and policies.
The pair visited the West New Britain Provincial Administration in Kimbe on Tuesday 3 October accompanied by participants, Immanuel Tomarum and Dorcas Gambu, before returning to join the three-day post-course workshop that starts today in Port Moresby.
Later they will accompany participants, Freddy Kupiaw, Susan Dambui and Heidi Kaivi to the East Sepik Provincial Administration in Wewak on Monday, 9 October.
Ms Agnes Tamate from Papua New Guinea’s Department of Personnel Management will join the group on both provincial visits.
“This is a very special opportunity for Fellowship participants to interact with their lecturers at their place of employment,” said Ms Suzanne Edgecombe, Counsellor (Education) at the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea.
“The extra effort from the University of South Australia will make a wonderful accompaniment to this fellowship and a memorable experience for the lucky participants. And I think this visit will also go a long way toward assisting the university evaluate the program’s impact and success,” she added.
“Human resource management plays a significant role in the running of all enterprises and governments, and these graduates will contribute greatly to Papua New Guinea’s capacity development in this field.”
At the post-course workshop in Port Moresby, the 27 participants will debrief and prepare strategies for their return to the workforce through a series of planning sessions.
The participants were drawn from government departments across Papua New Guinea and received specialised course work aimed at government human resource departments and improving human resource management skills, particularly in recruitment and selection, workplace learning and development and people leadership and performance.
The West New Britain Provincial Administration plans to conduct a pilot program based on recommendations arising from this year’s course.
The participants collaborated amongst themselves to complete various course projects and develop a strong network of HRM professionals capable of supporting each other to apply their knowledge and implement projects they developed on-course when they return to work in Papua New Guinea.
The outcome will be a network of government professions across the country composed of human resource leaders of the future.