2020 Graduate Development Program – applications closing soon!

26 February 2020

The Public Sector Commission is calling on new employees to the public sector to join its 2020 Graduate Development Program.

The program, which is open to recent university graduates currently working in the public sector, aims to provide them with the skills and support they need to forge their careers in the sector.

To help do this, it embraces a blended learning approach and combines formal modules, group work, site visits, and networking opportunities.

It also aims to provide a whole-of-government perspective on the political, legislative and community-minded environment in which all public sector employees must operate.

The program has been revamped for 2020 in a more contemporary format to meet the needs of the sector.

2019 saw 66 participants graduate from the program, across 13 different agencies.

Natalie Garland, graduate coordinator of the 2019 program, said the initiative benefited public sector agencies just as much as the participants.

“Including young people in the public sector is important and including new ideas and ways of thinking increases diversity in the workforce.”

Graduate Zac Muscat, who was at Department of Treasury in the Economic and Revenue Forecasting division, said one of the biggest things he learned from the program was the importance of communication.

“The interpersonal relationships’ individuals formed over this program will serve to create a nexus of more direct and honest communication between departments going forward.”

Public Sector Commissioner Sharyn O’Neill encouraged new staff in the sector to embrace the opportunity to make their mark in the sector, collaborate and network with peers, and share their ideas.

 “The public sector is dynamic and ever-changing, but change is not something to be scared of. It’s an opportunity for innovation, creativity, and growth,” says Ms O’Neill.

Applications close on 28 February 2020 and more information on the program and eligibility can be found on the Commission’s website.

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