Press Release

Department of Human Resources
Release Date:
Friday, 22 January 2016 - 4:45pm

The Public Service now has a comprehensive long term approach to orient new and transfer appointees in the Public Service.

The Employee Onboarding Programme was launched today, January 22 at the grounds of the Central Administration Complex and will offer a comprehensive and strategic approach to familiairse new public officers with the Public Service and their roles.

Over 100 buddies representing a wide cross-section of Government Ministries and Departments were commissioned and pinned with the Buddy pin.

The buddies recited the Buddy Pledge where they promised to faithfully and professionally execute their functions and responsibilities and to uphold their duties with integrity, confidentiality and pride. 

Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Mr. David Archer offered remarks on behalf of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. V. Inez Archibald, CBE.  He outlined the objectives of the programme which seeks to attract and retain quality employees while ensuring new employees are not left alone.

The Permanent Secretary said, “Now more than ever, it is imperative that we lay the foundation for new employees at the beginning of what we hope to be a rewarding, fulfilling career with the Public Service.  These first impressions are important as it establishes the basis for what is to come.”

Mr. Archer added, “With this new programme, new employees will be better acquainted and feel more comfortable embracing their new roles as public officers, all with the hopes of reaching their full potential in the execution of their duties.” 

Director of Human Resources Mrs. Michelle Donovan-Stevens said that there is a 20% movement of employees throughout the public service, on average, and stated that the Employee Onboarding programme is very effective for employees who are transitioning between ministries, departments or on secondments.

Mrs. Donovan-Stevens said the programme will allow the buddy to walk alongside the new public officer and provide clear instructions, directions and support for their individual benefit and the greater benefit of the public service. Retention and employee morale are also key components of the programme.

The Director of Human Resources thanked the committee, management and officers in the public service that provided ideas and feedback for its establishment.  She also acknowledged Ms. Lorna Stevens, the 2012 Employee of the Year who was passionate about a new orientation programme.

Director of Matrix Spark, Mrs. Marva Titley-Smith, facilitated the buddy training sessions, and stated that it was an honour to walk beside, train and learn from the buddies for this programme.   

Mrs. Titley-Smith said, “You have before you a stellar group of employees who are willing to be the difference that they wish to see in the public service.”

The extensive training included role playing sessions that anticipated challenges and scenarios that a new employee to the service and the Territory would face.

The Employee Onboarding Programme will support a new appointee’s transition to the Public Service to ensure they have the necessary resources and support to perform effectively in their role.


Colene A. Penn

Head of Communications
Recovery and Development Agency
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