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Dec 5, 2022

Ministry of Public Service Launch Professional Development Course for Public Servants

The Ministry of Public Service and the University of Belize signed an M.O.U. to collaborate on creating professional development courses for public officers. The first of these courses is titled the Public Service Induction Training, which is an orientation to the public service. The course is in its pilot phase and will run for a period of three months, targeting administrative officers. The induction training is in compliance with the Public Services Onboarding Handbook which sets out the process for the orientation of new entrants to the Belize Public Service. We heard from Sandra Diaz-Cadle, Coordinator for the Training and Development Unit at the Ministry of Public Service.


Sandra Diaz-Cadle

Sandra Diaz-Cadle, Coordinator, Training & Development Unit

“Induction orientations are a mandatory requirement according to our public service regulations. So, the Ministry recognizes the need for a structured orientation into the public service. So, we have developed a draft induction handbook. This is a strategic guide to help new entrance. This handbook provides a checklist for administrative officers or persons within the administrative grade who are responsible to ensure that these officers are inducted. We want to ensure that when we launch this program for new entrance it is the best they are getting. So we are doing the pilot with our administrative officers and AA who have done the sensitization training of the handbook. We are also including our senior management team. We are honored to be partnering with UB, our national university.”


Frieda Palma

Dr. Frieda Palma, Director, Open and Distance Learning/U.B.

“There is a new generation of learners. Participants learn at their own pace. We do learning to accommodate distance learning as well. So, it is flexible learning. So, you could take two to three weeks or three months to complete it. It is really dependent on you the participant.”

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