40 Scholarship Students Bound for Australia
Australia’s Ambassador today farewelled the latest 40 high-achieving Lao men and women who have received Australia Awards scholarships to study at Australian universities starting in 2018.
Human Resource Professionals Graduate with Australian Qualification
Ten civil servants have graduated with an internationally recognised Australian qualification in training and assessment thanks to a new Human Resource Management capacity building program supported by the Australian Government.
On 14 September, Mr Andreas Zurbrugg, Deputy Head of Mission of the Australian Embassy and Dr Bounpanh Xaymountry, Director General of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Education and Sports presented certificates to the successful graduates from the Ministry of Education and Sports and the Ministry of Home Affairs who have completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment through the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). The course consisted of four 8-day training blocks focusing on workplace and organisational change and assessment.
The training was provided as part of a new Human Resource Management program, funded by the Australian Government, to support the Lao Government’s National Human Resource Development Strategy by ensuring civil servants have the necessary knowledge, capacity and skills to perform their jobs to a high standard.
Mr Zurbrugg said the program is making an important contribution to the professionalization and upskilling of Lao Government civil servants responsible for the management of human resources in key agencies of government.
“This group of graduates have attained skills including planning, skills transfer, mentoring, assessment, and analysing and presenting information. The participants are already applying these skills in their workplaces to design and deliver learning programs, and assess outcomes for their colleagues,” said Mr Zurbrugg.
Ms Thanouphone Phuangsavanh from the Performance Appraisal & Civil Service Department, Ministry of Home Affairs said that the course is useful for her current work and her organisation. “I learnt a lot from the course especially planning for training. We must give attention to every single detail before we do the training. Now, I feel more confident to perform my job as a trainer and answer questions in the training. It really equips me to be more professional in my work.”
Ms Thanouphone also said that the course will help her Ministry improve its organisational structure and human resource management.
Under the Program, another twenty civil servants are undertaking a Certificate IV in Human Resource Management, to be completed in May next year