16th Public Sector Trainer’s Forum (PSTF) Conference
||Oct 07, 2012
||Oct 10, 2012
||Gallagher Convention Centre, Gauteng Province
The Public Sector Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) was established in 1997 as a non-statutory body to advocate Human Resource Development (HRD) within the Public Service. Following a national consultative review process, the then Public Service Trainers Forum was reconfigured in 2008 to become the Public Sector Trainers’ Forum (PSTF). The Forum provides a platform for collaborative interactions towards improved organisational performance and involves government departments at national, provincial and local levels; further and higher education sectors; key stakeholders from the private sector and civil society involved in training and development.
The objectives of the PSTF are to:
- Encourage practitioners and stakeholders in Training and Development (T&D) from the public and private sectors as well as civil society, to promote the implementation and improvement of training and development in the public sector;
- Share ideas and best practices regarding training by convening workshops, an annual conference and other related activities;
- Contribute to the awareness and adoption of quality standards for T&D within the public sector; and
- Foster the development and growth of T&D practitioners in the public sector.
The PSTF is managed by the Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA) in the context of its constitutional and legislative mandate to train and develop public service officials. The Director-General of PALAMA is the primary sponsor of the PSTF.
An Advisory Committee comprising of representatives from each Province; the National Departments, clusters of government, the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), and organized labour (through the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council) oversees the work of the PSTF.
As part of its functions, the PSTF organizes an annual conference. This event is hosted, on a rotational basis, by each of the nine provinces and this year’s conference is organized by PALAMA.
2. Conference Theme
The theme of this year’s PSTFconference is:
Professionalising the Public Service through Human Resource Development
The government has produced a road map to strengthen the country’s developmental path by unveiling the National Development Plan (NDP), Vision 2030. The NDP recognises that a development-oriented and professional Public Service will intensify the delivery of high quality public service to the country.
There are five main focus areas which the NDP identifies as needing attention and these are to:
These focus areas are some of the means towards the building of a transformational and capable State with a professional public service where the fundamental priority is to address the deficit in skills, poor performance and lack of professionalism currently affecting some areas of the public service.
Stabilise the political-administrative interface,
Make the public service and local governments careers of choice,
Develop technical and specialist skills,
Improve the relations between the three spheres of government, and
Balance and reconcile the economic and social mandates of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).
As the public participation process of the NDP unfolds, Human Resource Development practitioners need to explore the question of what pivotal role they should play towards achieving Vision 2030. It is on this background therefore that the theme and the following sub-themes of the 16th PSTF Conference have been selected.
- HRD as a strategic enabler for a professional Public Service,
HRD at the centre of Innovation for Service Delivery, and
- Global trends in relation to Human Resource Development
3. Conference Objectives
The objectives of this year’s conference are to:
Provide an opportunity and a forum in which local and international experts and researchers share their experiences and emerging concepts towards making HRD an agent for professionalising the Public Service,
Bring in international perspectives on various aspects of Human Resources
Development that will facilitate improved organisational design and improvement in the Public Sector,
Provide a platform for networking among trainers and experts, HRD practitioners in order to share practical tools for their everyday life, Page 3 of 6
Allow HRD practitioners to influence the future activities of the Forum by adopting the Terms of Reference of the PSTF, and · Confer PSTF awards for best contributions in HRD to individuals, teams, departments and provinces.