Senior Managers (Band 2)

The following Local In-Service Training courses are available for officers at this level.

‣ Introduction to Computers

AimThe aim of this course is to provide participants with basic knowledge and skills in information technology. This course forms part of the Information and Communications Technology Programme

Duration

7 Days

Proposed Course Dates

June 12-20, 2017 | September 4 – 12, 2017 | January 8 – 16, 2018

Course Loading

13

Pre-requisite

None

Target Group

Officers who have no prior computer knowledge and need basic skills to become computer competent

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the following subject areas:

    • Computer concepts

    • Data security, ethics and legislation

    • Health and safety

    • Microsoft Outlook

 

Course Content

 
  • Computer Hardware, Software and Peripherals

  • Storing Information

  • Personalising your Computer

  • Understanding Your Operating System

  • Data Security, Ethics and Legislation

  • Health and Safety: Computer Workstation Ergonomics

  • Microsoft Outlook

 

Instructional Methods

Lecture, demonstration, practical exercise

‣ Introduction to Microsoft Word

AimThe aim of this course is to provide participants with basic knowledge and skills in word processing using Microsoft Word. This course forms part of the Information and Communications Technology Programme

Duration

7 Days

Proposed Course Dates

June 26 - July 4, 2017

September 18 - 26, 2017

January 23 - 31, 2018

Course Loading

13

Pre-requisite

Successful completion of Introduction to Computer or similar training

Target Group

All Public Officers

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in creating, editing and formatting word-processed documents

 

Course Content

 
  • The basics of word processing

  • Document creation

  • Document creation and organisation

  • Document checking and editing

 

Instructional Methods

Lecture, demonstration, practical exercise

Assessment Methods

Project and practical examination

‣ Introduction to Microsoft Excel

AimThe aim of this course is to provide participants with basic knowledge and skills in word processing using Microsoft Excel. This course forms part of the Information and Communications Technology Programme

Duration

7 Days

Proposed Course Dates

July 10 - 18, 2017

November 6 - 14, 2017

February 19 - 27, 2018

Course Loading

13

Pre-requisite

Successful completion of Introduction to Computers or similar training

Target Group

All Public Officers

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in creating and manipulating data in a spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel

 

Course Content

 
  • Creating a worksheet

    • Starting Excel

    • The Excel worksheet

    • The Worksheet Window

    • Entering data (text, numbers)

    • Formatting the worksheet

    • Calculating a sum

  • Formulae, functions and formatting

    • Order of operations

    • Entering and verifying formulae and functions

  • What-if analysis

    • Absolute vs Relative addressing

    • The IF function

  • Charting

  • Working with large worksheets

 

Instructional Methods

Lecture, demonstration, practical exercise

Assessment Methods

Project and practical examination

‣ Introduction to Microsoft Access

AimThe aim of this course is to provide participants with basic knowledge and skills in database management using Microsoft Access. This course forms part of the Information and Communications Technology Programme

Duration

7 Days

Proposed Course Dates

October 6 - 14, 2017

February 5 - 13, 2018

Course Loading

13

Pre-requisite

Successful completion of Introduction to Computers or similar training

Target Group

All Public Officers

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in creating and manipulating data in a database using Microsoft Access

 

Course Content

 
  • Introduction to Microsoft Access

  • Brief Overview of Relational Databases and Database Applications

  • Starting Microsoft Access

  • Creating and Editing Tables

  • Finding and Filtering Data

  • Creating and Running Queries

  • Modifying Query Results

  • Creating and Running a Data Entry Form

  • Creating and Running a Report

 

Instructional Methods

Lecture, demonstration, practical exercise

Assessment Methods

Project and practical examination

‣ Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint

AimThe aim of this course is to provide participants with basic knowledge and skills in creating electronic presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. This course forms part of the Information and Communications Technology Programme

Duration

7 Days

Proposed course dates

July 24 - 27, 2017

November 20 – 23, 2017

March 5 – 8, 2018

Course Loading

13

Pre-requisite

Successful completion of Introduction to Computers or similar training

Target Group

All Public Officers

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Determine what information should be used in their PowerPoint presentation

  • Start Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Create a PowerPoint presentation, using

    • Layout, text and slides

    • Design templates and images

  • Add animation effects

  • Print slides as handouts or notes, and

  • Identify and employ elements of a good presentation

 

Course Content

 
  • Starting a presentation

  • The PowerPoint window

  • Choosing a design template

  • Creating a presentation

  • Saving the presentation

  • Using graphics in presentations

  • Formattinging and animating slides

  • Adding headers and footers to slides

  • Printing slides and handouts

 

Instructional Methods

Lecture, demonstration, practical exercise

‣ Finance For Non-Finance Managers

AimThe aim of this course is to further enhance the knowledge and skills of senior officers who have not had the benefit of training or certification in Accounts, and are involved in the preparation of their organisation’s Annual Estimates and Programme Budget documents.

Duration

5 Days

Proposed Course Dates

To be advised

Course Loading

20

Pre-requisite

None

Target Group

Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Head of Departments, and Senior Administrative Officers

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Interpret basic financial reports

  • Translate plans into budgets

  • Aptly utilise accounting tools and information to make better decisions for the organisation

  • Sustain good financial practices

Course Content

 
  • Understanding Accounting and Finance

  • Exploring Financial Statements

  • Estimates and the Budgeting Process in the Public Sector

  • Debt and Capital Management

  • Investing and Capital Management: How International Funding Institutions (IFIs) Work

  • PerformanceIndicators

 

Instructional Methods

Lecture, discussion

‣ Performance Review and Development System (PRDS) for Managers/Supervisors

Aim

The aim of the course is to provide managers and supervisors with knowledge and skills necessaryfor them to understand and utilise the principles and processes of the PRDS and its contribution to a culture of “renewed professionalism” in the public sector. It will also enable them to utilize the system as a management tool.

Duration

5 Days

Proposed Course Dates

May 29 – June 2, 2017

June 26 – 30, 2017

July 24 – 28, 2017

September 11 – 15, 2017

October 23 – 27, 2017

November 13 – 17, 2017

January 29 – February 2, 2018

February 5 – 9, 2018

Course Loading

20

Pre-requisite

None

Target Group

Managers and Supervisors (from Senior Clerk to Senior Administrative Officer and related grades)

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the principles of performance management;

  • Explain the processes of the PRDS;

  • Write work plan objectives and performance measures;

  • Write Unit and Individual work plan outlines;

  • List benefits of the PRDS;

  • Conduct progress meetings; and

  • Prepare performance improvement plans.

 

Course Content

 
  • Introduction to performance management

  • Overview of performance appraisal in the Barbados public sector

  • Benefits of the PRDS

  • Communication: the Key to a successful PRDS

  • Preparing for PRDS in your Unit

  • Recognising good performance

  • Dealing with unsatisfactory performance.

 

Instructional Methods

Theory, group discussions, practical exercises and demonstrations.

‣ Preparation of Cabinet Papers

AimThe aim of the course is reinforce the importance of preparing accurate and coherent submissions for the consideration of the Cabinet.

Duration

2 Days

Proposed Course Dates

May 22 - 25, 2017

October 16 – 19, 2017

Course Loading

20

Pre-requisite

None

Target Group

Administrative officers and technical officers who are required to write cabinet papers

Course Objectives

On completion of the course, participants should fully understand the context in which submissions to the Cabinet are to be prepared and be able to prepare accurate and coherent papers for submission to the Cabinet in accordance with the requirements of the Cabinet Office.

Course Content

 
  • Context of preparing Cabinet submissions

  • Types of Cabinet Papers

  • Structure of a Cabinet Paper

  • Common shortcomings in the preparing of papers

  • Distribution and explanation of practical exercise ( to be done on Day 2) and assignment to groups

 
  • Practical exercise on the preparation of Cabinet Papers

  • Processing results of the exercise and feedback from participants

  • Reinforcing key learning points

  • Wrap up

 

Instructional Methods

Participative learning, using a combination of lecture, power point and practical exercises

‣ Workshop for first level supervisors

AimThe aim of the seminar is to provide training for first level supervisors to equip them with the knowledge and skills to function effectively in their roles.

Duration

3 Days

Proposed Course Dates

July 3 – 5, 2017

Course Loading

25

Pre-requisite

None

Target Group

First level supervisors (Z23 – 11)

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • To provide participants with the essential knowledge and skills required to be a supervisor;

 
  • To enhance the participants’ knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework of the public service so that they can effectively supervise.

 

Course Content

 
  • What it means to be a First Level Supervisor

  • Orienting the New Officer

  • PRDS and Report Writing

  • The Legislation: Making My Job Easier

  • Managing Conduct and Behaviour

 

Instructional Methods

Practice exercises, lectures and discussions

‣ Seminar – Entry Level Officers in the Public Service

AimThe aim of the seminar is to invigorate and educate officers at the entry level about their roles as public officers and provide them with guidance on managing their careers in the Public Service.

Duration

1 Days

Proposed Course Dates

October 4, 2017

Course Loading

100

Pre-requisite

None

Target Group

Officers who have been in the service for four years or less.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of the work performed and their role in providing and administrating public services;

  • Discuss qualities every Public officer should exhibit;

  • Discuss strategies to deal with obstacles in the workplace that could otherwise prevent an Officer from doing what is expected;

  • Discuss the importance of career development;

  • Identify alternative careers in the Public Service and outline a path to achieving that goal; and

  • Discuss the benefits of pursuing a career in the Public Service.

 

Course Content

 
  • What it means to be a Public Officer

 
    • The role of the Public Service

    • The role of the Public Officer

    • The Qualities of a Public Officer

    • Coping Strategies

 
  • Career Development

    • What is career development?

    • Popular versus alternative career/career streams in the Service

    • Benefits of working for the Government of Barbados

 

Instructional

Practice exercises, lectures and discussions

‣ Seminar – Understanding Misconduct

AimTo provide public officers with the opportunity to discuss the different categories of misconduct in the public service and understand how each category is to be investigated.

Duration

½ Day

Proposed Course Dates

September 13, 2017

Course Loading

100

Pre-requisite

None

Target Group

All public officers

Course Objectives

At the end of the seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Define misconduct

  • Explain the difference between misconduct of a serious nature and misconduct of a minor nature

  • Discuss the steps involved in investigating misconduct in the Public Service

 

Course Content

 
  • Behaviours which constitute misconduct

  • Penalties for misconduct

  • Process for adjudicating misconduct of a minor nature

  • Process for adjudicating misconduct of a serious nature

 

‣ Seminar – Emergency Management Awareness for Public Officers

AimThe aim of the seminar is to promote awareness about the hazards posed by earthquakes and tsunamis, and provide public officers with the opportunity to discuss personal safety during such emergencies.

Duration

½ Day

Proposed Course Dates

June 7, 2017

Course Loading

100

Pre-requisite

None

Target Group

All public officers

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the types of natural disasters that occur in our region

  • Identify their responsibilities/behaviours before during and after a natural disaster

  • Discuss the structure of a business emergency plan

  • Discuss the structure of a personal/family emergency plan

  • Outline evacuation procedures for safeguarding themselves and others

 

Course Content

 
  • Types of disasters

  • Your role/responsibilities: before, during and after a natural disaster

  • Personal/family emergency plans

  • Business emergency plans

  • Evacuation procedures