Diploma cadetships a public sector first

Public Sector Commission

In a first of its kind for the Western Australian public sector, a partnership between Public Sector Commission and the Department of Training and Workforce Development has delivered two new diploma-level qualifications in finance and human resources.

Twenty-one graduates recently became the first public sector employees across the state to receive the Diploma of Government (Financial Services) or the Diploma of Government (Human Resources) as part of a new cadetship program. There were 11 graduates from the financial services diploma and 10 from the human resources program.

Contextualised for the public sector, these cadetships represent a significant workforce development initiative to provide innovative ways of addressing an ageing workforce, investing in current experience and attracting youth into the sector.

The programs drew upon existing experience and knowledge of participants to enhance their career pathways and provide opportunities through on the job training and assessment.

A limited number of eligible public sector employees were offered a unique opportunity to participate.

The financial services cadetship focused on finance officers and non-financial managers with a strong finance, procurement and budget management emphasis within their positions in the public sector.

The human resources cadetship built upon existing skills to enhance the capabilities of human resource professionals in the sector.

Each diploma consisted of 11 units of competency that participants with 24 months to complete the course.

In recognition of their achievements, a graduation ceremony was recently held at the Commission’s Martin Jull Professional Development Centre where graduates received a nationally accredited qualification.