The Institute’s courses are normally open only to public officers (Government employees). In addition, courses usually have a target audience. Applications may not be accepted unless the officers who apply are within this target group. Public officers may apply on their own initiative, subject to approval by their line manager (see below), or they may be nominated by their line manager.
Ideally, staff should attend training after a training needs analysis has been carried out within their organisation. A training needs analysis should concentrate on how an organisation is performing and how it should perform; the skills and abilities of its workforce and whether they are related to the organisation’s needs; and what individual employees are actually doing, and what their duties should be in relation to the overall performance targets of their employing organisation.
Training needs should therefore be analysed primarily for the organisation as a whole, secondly for groups or units with particular functions, and thirdly for individual employees. This will make it possible to establish the areas and priorities for training and the form of training to be adopted.