In order to improve the human resource capacity building Government approved the formation of Training Committees in those Ministries and Department where such Committees did not exist in 1998. The intention was to encourage systematic and uniform practice of training efforts in the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The Committees are chaired by a senior officials nominated by the Principal Secretary or Head of Department. The broad terms of reference under which such Committees will operate include:
- The development and implementation of a training strategy for the Ministry/Department within the overall guidelines or provisions in the National Training Policy and as may be set out by this Department in liaison with the Civil Service Training Committee. . · ··.
- Undertaking training needs assessment at organizational and individual levels.
- The drawing up or determination of training priorities and plans at organizational and individual levels.
- Determining the extent of resources available for training (finance, equipment, accommodation etc) and their optimum use.
- Determining programmes and course content at training institutions in which the Ministry/Department has an interest.
- Undertaking evaluation and validation of these training programmes.
- Determining practices and allocations for foreign training awards.
- Ensure compliance with training requirements of appropriate schemes of service.
- Institutionalizing training capacity and capability within the Ministries and Departments.
- Assisting the selection of candidates for various programmes as and when necessary in accordance with agreed criteria.
In this regard, candidates for various short and long training programmes will be selected by considering the following selection criteria guidelines:
- Candidate's selection and integration in the training plan to be based primarily on organizational or individual needs based on the mission and corporate objectives of the Ministry/Department.
- Gender balance consideration in all training programmes, workshops, seminars, and conferences.
- Candidates to be considered for long training courses leading to academic award must not be more than 50 years old. However, no age limit will apply for short courses.
- Consideration for long courses will only be given to officers who have worked in the civil service for a period of not less than two years except as otherwise dictated by organizational training needs. However, short courses will be provided as and when the need arises for any officer regardless of length of employment.
- Before final selection, candidates will have to meet the requirements for particular programmes as may be stipulated from time to time both under the Malawi Government and Donor Scholarships.
- In line with the National Training Policy, selection of candidates will be based on priority training and staff development areas without discrimination. '
- No discrimination shall be applied to candidates with physical disability in awarding scholarships or training places except as may be feasible.
- As and when necessary both short and long courses shall be advertised for interested candidates to apply through their respective heads of Departments/Ministries and selection for such courses shall be based on interviews or as may be determined by the Training Committee.
- In selecting candidates, apart from training needs, consideration shall also be made with regard to the potential and merit of each candidate for the particular training.