Department of Public Service
- Managing the Public Service of Guyana through the provision of professional personnel, training and consultancy services to Ministries, Departments and Regional Administrations.
- Advising the Government on the personnel requirements of the Public Service.
- Implementing relevant initiatives to achieve modernization of the Public Service.
- Effectively utilizing scholarship awards to ensure sectoral and policy priorities are reflected.
The Scholarship Unit is mandated to formulate policies and advise senior management regarding training and development for the public service and to administer and advise on the effective utilization of scholarship awards to ensure that the awards reflect the policy and sectorial priorities.
Training is the essence of transformation and is essential for the development of Guyana’s human capital. As such, the Government has committed to providing training opportunities (academic, technical, vocational training and continuing education to achieve functional literacy) for the youth and adults at all levels.
Commission of Inquiry Secretariat
In strengthening the democratic culture of governance and to resolve socio economic and political issues, the Government has set up a permanent Commission of Inquiry Secretariat within the structure of the Department of Public Service.
About the Department of Public Service
The Department of the Public Service, formerly known as the Public Service Ministry has undergone several changes over the years.
Before 1953 the Public Service of the British Guiana was administered under the traditional colonial system. Constitutional responsibility for all staff matters was assigned to the Chief Secretary and discharged through the Establishment Department.
When the Ministerial system was recommended by the Constitution Commission of 1950-51, it was suggested that an independent Public Service Commission be set up to guarantee the political neutrality of the Public Service. The Government accepted the recommendation and established the Commission in 1953. The Governor still had absolute discretion in matters of appointment, promotion, transfer, training and discipline.
The Scholarship Section provides a wide range of training opportunities, primarily to the public sector and the citizens of Guyana. This training can be completed locally and/or internationally.
Bertam Collins College of the Public Service
The Bertram Collins College of the Public Service was established as a high level Public Service training institution and serves as the gateway responsible for training persons desirous of building a career within the Public Service. It is designed to train everyone entering the Public Service and over time, advance the capacity and competencies of current / existing Public Servants.