Public sector training
Helping the people that help us
Helping the people that help us
Confidence ignites productivity. When employees believe in their abilities, they tackle new challenges with vigor, amplifying their effectiveness. Public sector training is the key to nurturing this confidence, unlocking untapped potential.
In the public sector’s diverse landscape, highly skilled and self-assured individuals are treasures. Retaining them is paramount. Failing to provide learning opportunities jeopardizes not only talent but also organizational stability. Invest in your employees to keep them.
Mistakes are costly in the public sector. Compliance is crucial, and constant education is the guardian against legal pitfalls. Furthermore, innovation thrives when knowledge and skills flourish — empower your workforce to shape a brighter public sector future.
Soft skills are based on personality traits. They include things like communication, negotiation, and adaptability. These skills can be challenging to train as they vary so much between individuals.
However, for anyone working in the public sector, this is arguably one of the most vital parts of their learning and development as they will regularly deal with members of the public as part of their day-to-day role.
Public sector organizations can be some of the most highly publicized compliance breaches. When you’re handling huge amounts of often personal data (particularly governmental departments for example), you need to know your teams know how to handle sensitive information.
The public sector is also subject to a lot of heavy regulations. You don’t want to be making costly mistakes by failing to meet these standards; the average public sector breach can cost over $2m1.
To avoid costly data breaches, your teams need to know exactly how to use any specialist or technical equipment, or software involved in their role.
Consider providing thorough training on your systems and technical processes to make sure your teams have mastered all the skills they need to minimize any risk.
When dealing heavily with people, you want to be sure that your teams are confident managers and leaders.
Government management training is particularly important as it’s crucial that these people are reliable and trusted when they’ve got such big decisions in their hands.
As many as 88% of organizations don’t onboard well2. And we know that poor onboarding will usually result in high staff turnover and high dropout rates.
Consider using your public sector induction training as a thorough introduction. You might want to cover everything at the start or drip-feed it throughout an employee’s first few months with you.
Customers are now used to the kind of customer service they receive from organizations like Amazon. There’s increasing pressure on the public sector to offer the same level of customer service and experience as these big retailers3.
When you’re a public-facing team, customer service skills should be high up on the agenda. Your customer service portion of public sector training will enhance those all-important communication and problem-solving skills.
Having a solid, broad knowledge of the products and services your public sector organization offers may boost the quality of customer service your teams can provide.
For something like a local government for example, if your teams can confidently pass a customer to the appropriate department or service, they’re going to have a smoother experience.
Finance and budgets in the public sector can determine how many resources get distributed to whom, and when. In that regard, it’s one of the most important factors of your public sector training, especially for anyone working in government management.
Government officials managing any kind of budget are responsible for the fair allocation of resources, but also ensuring continuous economic growth.
When we feel confident in our abilities, we lean into new tasks, believing we can achieve them – often making us more effective and productive.
Your public sector training is a tool to be able to empower your people to feel more confident in their knowledge and skills.
The public sector needs people with a wide range of skills. So, when you have a highly capable, confident member of your team, you want to hold on to them. A lack of learning and development opportunities could be seriously costing your organization.
Organizations that invest in the development of their employees are 20 times more likely to retain their talent4.
Rarely do people deliberately set out to break the rules. But mistakes can happen. And they can be costly when they do.
Public sector compliance leaders have a responsibility to educate teams about specific legal issues and compliance. This material should be monitored and updated regularly to match the standards in your industry.
Just one of the ways in which you can start to generate new ideas and facilitate innovation and growth in the public sector is by empowering your people through knowledge and skill development.
‘Talk to Me’ is a free, interactive training simulation designed to give adults the confidence to hold difficult conversations with children about abuse, built in collaboration with the NSPCC.
Learn how to build trust, and ensure the young people you come into contact with always feel listened to.
Use a variety of training methods
Many people will be in public sector roles for a long time, and therefore gain a lot of valuable experience they can pass on to others. Coaching and mentoring allows you to match an employee with someone who can nurture their skills and teach them new ways of approaching things.
Not only is this valuable for the learner, the coach or mentor can also new skills and experience, too.
Interactive workshops can be an excellent tool to strengthen bonds between public sector teams, and a way of developing empathy and problem solving in different situations.
A criticism of this method is that it can be difficult to get full buy in if it’s your team that are taking on different roles in scenarios. If you outsource to an external company who will provide actors, you add an expense to your training costs.
You may wish to use peer to peer learning as part of onboarding, or to help upskills or reskill employees in a particular area.
Taking your soft skills training online can be a way to overcome any reservations teams may have about putting themselves forward for role plays or simulations.
Simulated or online training can still give teams the opportunities to problem solve and see the consequences of their decision-making – without any real-world problems.