Friday, April 15, 2016
Education Minister, Sen the Hon. Ruel Reid (centre) smiles proudly as Dr. Maurice Smith
(2nd right), Permanent Secretary and Dr. Ruby Brown (2nd left) Chief Executive Officer,
MIND held the signed Memorandum of Understanding at the Ministry's Head Office today (Friday, April 15). Looking on are Dr, Taneisha Ingleton (right), Director of Programmes, NCEL and
Miss Ann-Marie Smith, Director-Public Capability Development , MIND.
The National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) have established a Memorandum of Understanding to design, develop and deliver leadership training to public sector leaders in the education system with a special focus on middle-level management.
Speaking on Friday (April 13) during the signing ceremony, Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid endorsed the establishment of the partnership and commended both entities on their willingness to resist territorial instincts and joining hands to achieve synergy in the area of professional development.
Minister Reid said the establishment of a partnership between NCEL and MIND is a positive move for the nation at large and a win-win situation for each agency. NCEL, a young and over achieving institution, can benefit from the organizational strength and reputation of MIND, Reid noted.
In delivering remarks, Dr Taneisha Ingleton, Director of Programmes at NCEL, said the move to restructure and re-culture the public sector into a modernized system has redefined what it takes for its leaders to succeed. In this regard, she said, NCEL and MIND have committed to working together to implement leadership development and interventions.
We have recognized that leadership is not only an individual but an institutional challenge and so a partnership approach could accrue greater benefits, Dr Ingleton told the gathering at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices. When we leverage partnerships we create training solutions which are broader in scope, more rigorous in content and more flexible in features, she added.
Commenting on the partnership, Dr Ruby Brown, Chief Executive Officer at MIND, said it was urgent to address the critical issue of leadership roles in the public sector through professional development intervention as this is of paramount importance in keeping with changes in the global market.
Leadership is a practice. Whatever is the job title we ought to live, work and practice leadership, Brown stated.
Meanwhile, Dr. Maurice Smith, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, said it was important to build capacity within the Ministry as well as the entities affiliated to the organization. We decided to reach out to an entity similar to ours to improve the leadership at the Ministry, he said.
NCEL was established in 2011 to set and maintain standards for leadership and to ensure that system and school leaders are well equipped for their different roles. NCEL, through its programmes also identifies and develops future leaders to operate effectively in a modernized system.
MIND is an executive agency of the Government of Jamaica, an accredited tertiary level training institution and the main public sector management training organization. However, its range of courses is also available to private sector managers.
In the photograph, participating in the MOU signing from left are Miss Ann-Marie Smith, Director - Public Service Capability Development, MIND; Dr Ruby Brown, Chief Executive Officer, MIND;Senator Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Information; Dr Maurice Smith, Permanent Secretary; and Dr Taneisha Ingleton, Director of Programmes NCEL.
Education Minister, Sen the Hon. Ruel Reid (centre) smiles proudly as Dr. Maurice Smith
(2nd right), Permanent Secretary and Dr. Ruby Brown (2nd left) Chief Executive Officer, MIND held the signed Memorandum of Understanding at the Ministry's Head Office today (Friday, April 15). Looking on are Dr, Taneisha Ingleton (right), Director of Programmes, NCEL and
Miss Ann-Marie Smith, Director-Public Capability Development , MIND.
We recently partnered with the Bureau of Women's Affairs and CUSO International to host a Business Forum in celebration of International Women's Day 2016 under the theme; Promoting Partnership Towards Gender Equality and Sustainable Development: Experiences from the Business Sector. Over 130 persons from across all sectors were in attendance. The Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport delivered the Government of Jamaica's key message on gender issues while Mrs. Alison McLean, Permanent Secretary, of said Ministry and MIND's Director, Business Development and Communication, Marlene Campbell brought greetings. Distinguished members of the audience included, Paula Llewlyn, Director of Public Prosecution, Donna Parchment-Brown - Political Ombudsman, Arlene Harrison-Henry - Public Defender, Professor Barbara Bailey - CIDA expert, Fan Fianghong - Economic and commercial Counsellor and Sylvain Fabi - Canada's High Commissioner to Jamaica.
Panelists were Dr. Marcia Forbes, Executive Chairperson - Phase Three Productions and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, UWI, Mona, Mrs. Audrey Hinchcliffe - Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Manpower & Maintenance Services Limited Group of Companies and Yaneek Page - Founder & Managing Director, Future Services International Limited.
1. Live radio interview via outside broadcast on Power 106 FM -
2. Excerpts from the event was aired on all radio stations in time allotted for government broadcasts (via JIS)
3.. Audio Visuals on the two leading television stations (via JIS's Jamaica Magazine)
4. Three On-line Stories from both the Jamaica Observer and JIS
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange (left), greets Director of Business Development and Communication, Management Institute for National Development (MIND), Marlene Campbell (right), while Programme Manager, Cuso International, Roberta Ellis, shares the moment. (Photo: JIS)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Government intends to introduce legislated gender quotas to address the lack of proportional representation of women in Parliament and other areas of the society.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange made the disclosure at a business forum in commemoration of International Women’s Day, held recently, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.
The move is part of Temporary Special Measures (TSMs) on the part of the Government to accelerate equality between men and women.
It is in keeping with an action plan for gender equity and sustainable development in Jamaica, to be rolled out in the short term.
Legislated quotas will also be introduced to address the under-representation of women in local authorities and other positions of leadership, and to increase the participation of women in the relevant branches of governance and socio-economic organisations.
Grange said continued support will be provided to women’s groups and gender-related entities, such as the Jamaica Household Workers Union (JHWU).
The plan also includes ratifying Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, and ongoing training to facilitate capacity-building and institutional strengthening of the JHWU.
Grange informed that strategic interventions will also be undertaken to build on gains achieved, particularly in areas covered by the Beijing Declaration for Action (BPfA), which is aimed at advancing women’s rights.
She said the action plan includes revision of existing legislation, to make them gender neutral and compliant with the language and guiding principles in the National Policy for Gender Equity (NPGE), as well as commitments to regional and international agreements.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – To refocus the work of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA), the Government will be changing its name to the Bureau of Gender Affairs.
Making the announcement last Wednesday at a business forum, in support of International Women’s Day, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said a Cabinet submission has been prepared for the change, and will be enacted soon.
The minister said a key feature of the agency will be the “re-establishment of the male desk, because it is not just about us, it is not just about women. It is also about our men, particularly our young men affected by marginalisation.”
She pointed out that more emphasis will be placed on the National Policy for Gender Equity (NPGE), which was developed through a series of widespread consultations among key stakeholders, using a mainstreaming approach, and was approved by Cabinet on March 1, 2011.
The NPGE was designed to establish a framework for a more comprehensive and coordinated approach to fully integrate gender in every area of national life. “The implementation of the policy is therefore geared towards achieving equal treatment for women and men,” she said.
Grange noted that the policy will be implemented through “equal visibility, equality of opportunity, equal access to all resources, and equal participation in all areas of private and public life.”
Under the gender-mainstreaming policy, the Minister said equality in the workplace is paramount, as it speaks not only to the increased inclusion and participation of women, but also the creation of a more family-friendly environment, which will be beneficial to both men and women.
Photo: JIS Photographer Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange.
· Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is scheduled to be the main presenter at a Business Forum in support of International Women’s Day...
· According to Marketing Manager at MIND, Shawnette Henry, the event supports the Government’s mandate to take action to protect the rights of women and girls and to rectify long-standing gender inequality.
· International Women’s Day 2016 was observed on March 8.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is scheduled to be the main presenter at a Business Forum in support of International Women’s Day, on Wednesday, March 16, at the Knutsford Court Hotel from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Management Institute for National Development (MIND), in partnership with the Bureau of Women’s Affairs and Cuso International, will host the forum, under the theme: ‘Promoting Partnership towards Sustainable Development: Experiences from the Business Sector’.
According to Marketing Manager at MIND, Shawnette Henry, the event supports the Government’s mandate to take action to protect the rights of women and girls and to rectify long-standing gender inequality.
Other presenters include: Executive Chairperson of Phase Three Production and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Dr. Marcia Forbes; Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited Group of Companies, Mrs. Audrey Hinchcliffe and Founder and Managing Director of Future Services International Limited, Yaneek Page.
Ms. Henry told JIS News that MIND organises and hosts fora designed to stimulate public awareness on issues of national, regional and global importance; and provides an avenue for the exchange of information, which will result in an improved quality of thought and behaviour change among the citizenry.
In addition, she said these fora also provide an excellent and strategic opportunity for leaders in the public sector, private sector, the academic community and civil society, to interface with each other and engage in a dynamic exchange of information, ideas and connections with far-reaching and invaluable outcomes.
International Women’s Day 2016 was observed on March 8.
By Alicia Sutherland, Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
December 15, 2015
The 2015 cohort of accounting and human resource students at the MIND campus, Perth Road, Mandeville.
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Staying relevant in the current work environment goes beyond merely returning to school and improving on one’s skills, says Manchester educator Dr Faithlyn Wilson.
Speaking recently at a seminar organised by adult learners in the Associate of Science degree in Accounting and Human Resource programme at the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) campus in Mandeville, Wilson advised professionals to seek to build a personal brand.
Wilson, who is principal of the independent El Instituto de Mandevilla Preparatory School, urged her listeners to be critical thinkers. They should be creative, find ways to communicate their ideas and also collaborate with people of different personality types. Wilson said professionals should remember that excellence is a moving target and they should strive for it at all times.
Wilson said previous marks of achievement in workplaces, such as years of service, were no longer as important as used to be the case.
“One job for life is now a remote possibility. We have to become a brand. We have to be constantly trying to differentiate ourselves and build demand for our product. We have to do what any good business would do with the product ‘me,’ with the product ‘you’,” she said.
Wilson said skills and competencies are being measured with others in the global space and Jamaicans must endeavour to be more qualified to function in that competitive environment.
Also addressing the topic of the skills, competencies and personal qualities required for success in the 21st-century workplace, regional personnel manager for the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Nerine Belnavis Waite emphasised that in a changing society, clients are more informed and expectations have increased.
“Your clients are expecting a certain level of service from you, (a) certain level of professionalism when they enter your organisation. What we see on the decline … now (is) good customer service,” Belnavis White told her audience.
In addition to the seminar, 26 students pursuing the course also mounted group displays.
MIND facilitator Dr Darcia Roache told the Jamaica Observer Central that the application of knowledge learnt in the three-month course was impressive.
“The good thing about MIND on a whole is that it (teaches) students… how to mix theory with the practical aspect…,” she said, adding that studying as an adult learner can be particularly daunting and required great commitment.
Minister with responsibility for the public service in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Horace Dalley (left), is presented with a copy of the Public Sector Senior Leadership Development Programme (PSSLDP) document by Dr Ruby Brown (centre), chief executive officer of Management Institute for National Development, during the PSSLDP's launch at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew last Thursday. Looking on is Dr Lois Parkes, chief personnel officer in the Office of the Services Commission. (PHOTO: JIS)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Senior managers and heads of government departments and agencies are being encouraged to enroll in the newly established Public Sector Senior Leadership Development Programme (PSSLDP), as part of their plans for career advancement. This invitation comes from Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Ministry of Finance and Planning Horace Dalley, who says the programme, based on its content, represents a “solid investment.”
He was speaking during the PSSLDP’s launch at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), in Kingston, last Thursday.
The programme is a joint engagement between the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), and Office of the Services Commission (OSC), with funding support from the Finance and Planning Ministry.
It is deemed integral to the Government’s leadership succession strategy, and aims to create a cadre of senior executives capable of leading the public sector modernisation and transformation programme.
The PSSLDP is also intended to prepare a corps of senior officers from whom the positions of Permanent Secretary, Director General, and Chief Executive Officer, can be filled.
In this regard, Dalley told the first cohort of 25 officers attending the launch, that “every training opportunity (provided, such as the PSSLDP,) can (only serve to) enhance your personal (and professional) development.”
Meanwhile, MIND’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ruby Brown, noted that the PSSLDP “is clear about supporting individual learning needs…but priority is given to the strategic needs of the (general) public service.”
To this end, she said “it makes (provisions) for (the delivery of) topics such as diversity, social inclusion, energy, and health and food security.”
Participants in the PSSLDP, which is slated to begin in January 2016, will benefit from lectures delivered by facilitators from Jamaica and Canada.
The initial participants include officers from: the Ministries of Education, Tourism and Entertainment, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Forestry Department; and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), among other agencies.
The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will launch the first cohort of the Public Sector Senior Leadership Development Programme (PSSLDP) on Thursday (October 22).
The programme involves partnership with the Office of the Services Commission and the Ministry of Finance and Planning.