Civil Service Bureau makes on-going efforts to strengthen training for civil servants (with photo)

     The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, said today (July 5) that strengthening training for civil servants is a major priority of the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) of the new-term Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. The CSB will, through the Civil Service College, make on-going efforts to enhance training for civil servants on various fronts so as to nurture the capacity of the civil service in better responding to the community's aspirations for public services.
     Mrs Yeung and the Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Clement Leung, met with Mr Kwok Yam-shu, who took up the appointment as the Head of the Civil Service College today, at the Central Government Offices to discuss the upcoming priorities of the College in strengthening training for civil servants.
     Mrs Yeung welcomed Mr Kwok to join the team working on civil service training. She said, "The civil service plays a critical role in effective governance and implementation of policies. We place great emphasis on training for the civil service. In particular, we accord the highest priority to enhancing civil servants' understanding of the constitutional order of the HKSAR and the country's development. The College will also enhance training in leadership development and innovation and technology application, and broaden civil servants' international horizons and global outlook, by way of a variety of programmes."
     Since its establishment in December last year, the Civil Service College has been rolling out various initiatives to strengthen training for civil servants. As one of the new initiatives, starting from this month, all new recruits are required to complete within the probationary period a more comprehensive foundation training programme. The content covers understanding "One Country, Two Systems", the country's Constitution, the Basic Law, the Hong Kong National Security Law, the country's system and major policies, as well as the civil service's core values and public service culture. Officers of degree or professional grades are also required to take part in advanced training upon confirmation to the permanent establishment, so as to deepen their understanding of the country's development and its major policies, as well as subjects such as the principle of "One Country, Two Systems" and national security.
     Mrs Yeung emphasised, "Strengthening induction training is an important step to grooming the civil service as a learning and professional team. The foundation training and advanced training are comprehensive in content, covering what an officer should know and grasp, irrespective of the department or post in which he/she is serving."
     The Head of the Civil Service College reports to the Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service, and through him, to the Secretary for the Civil Service.

Ends/Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Issued at HKT 11:00