L&D is pretty widely available
There is an extensive suite of training incorporated in the graduate programme. This covers verbal and written communication, policy making, budget cycles, stakeholder management, and personal resilience and change management skills. Once leaving the graduate programme it can be more difficult to obtain training, but there are frequent opportunities advertised internally through the intranet. The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) also runs training programmes that public service staff can undertake.
Reactive training opportunities rather than proactive
I have enjoyed the majority of training programs but sometimes feel there is a lack of clarity about the purpose of the training and the goals that it aims to achieve. I enjoy training sessions that involve all the grads and allow us to flex our policy/research muscles and are free to discuss ideas/come up with solutions. Greater knowledge of government, skills in stress management and policy writing are some of the gains I have made.
There are various training program opportunities (some compulsory during the graduate program year), such as resilience training, data, cultural awareness, policy development, writing skills, and behavioural economics.
The grad training program is comprehensive and good.
Provides diverse training exercises for new employees.
The grad program offered a number of useful training programs. Unfortunately, I had doubled up on a number of there as I had done them previously so I found it hard to prioritise my attendance over my work responsibilities.
Plenty of opportunities for formal and informal training in areas that are directly relevant to the job and relevant to personal development.
The department's grad program provides training throughout the year, some of which is quite useful. I have improved my work-related writing skills and I have learnt more about the budget and cabinet processes.
While I appreciate the training opportunities, I feel that most training sessions I've had to attend as part of the graduate program have not been particularly relevant or helpful.
the training programs have been varied but generally I feel that they have been timed poorly and occasionally poorly structured. For example, the majority of the training has occurred in the later half of the year when I feel I could have benefitted to a greater extent had it been earlier in the year.
Hit and miss. Some workshops have been good and others, not worthwhile.
The graduate program has provided some useful training, but more work related training is left to the area to organise.
The Department's graduate program offers graduates with comprehensive formal training covering core topics within government, including policy development, responding to and briefing APS decision makers, emotional intelligence and communication, presentation skills, procurement, legal and risk.
The grad program training has been fantastic. 90% of our training had been really worth-while. We have done formal training in: innovation and strategy, communication skills, presentation skills, policy development, decision-making, writing and briefing skills and many others. There are also good opportunities for non-grads to attend presentations, session, workshops etc and work on their professional development.
We get very good training during our graduate program.
Training has been great within the grad program. Particularly, briefing and responding to APS decisions makers, budget process, understanding policy.