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Civil servants and public employees training

1. General Information

General Information
Name of BP
Civil servants and public employees training
Implemented by
Latvian School of Public Administration
Year established
Description of the action

LSPA is the central institution tasked to train and prepare civil servants and public employees for their public duties, in particular the members of Latvia’s Civil Service Corps, the higher-ranking officials in the country’s administration in general. Additionally to the training function experience, LSPA has an extensive experience of international cooperation.  During the EU pre-accession period LSPA ensured massive trainings of public administration professionals in EU matters. 

Principle aim or goal of the program

Together with the State Chancellery LSPA ensures organization of annual Latvian Public administration summer institutes that are well known in overall region. LSPA is closely linked with functions of the State Chancellery of Latvia and is placed under supervision of the State Chancellery.  Both the State Chancellery and the LSPA have long-term experience in designing and implementation of public administration reforms.

public employees, civil servants
Public administration, civil servants

Latvian School of Public Administration
4 Raiņa Boulevard, Riga, LV-1050
Phone: (+371)67229116      
Fax: (+371)67821277

2. Introduction

LSPA is taking new challenging tasks with the purpose to keep its position as the most advanced training and development centre in public administration of Latvia.

The experience of Latvia as one of the New Member states of EU, as a transition country from administrative command economy to the free market economy is important for countries doing the same pass.  Lessons learned from the reforms of recent past in our administration as well as new developed systems and approaches are worth to exchange with professionals from other administrations dealing with the same tasks and challenges. They deliver their assistance with understanding that reforms cannot be copied, that changes shall be deeply grounded in concrete cultural and political environment. But they also believe on benefits of exchange of knowledge and experience.

3. Regional extent

National best practice

4. Goals

The new strategic goals of LSPA are to become an internationally recognizable training centre that is able to ensure both transfer of knowledge and most advanced international experience and best practice to Latvian civil service as well as to facilitate transfer of Latvian public administration reform experience and knowledge to partners of international cooperation. They strongly believe that international cooperation is one of the important tools for improvement of public services both in our country as well as recipient countries. 

5. Action Plan

The Latvian School of Public Administration provides study courses for civil servants not only in Riga, but also in nine regional training centres: Bauska, Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jēkabpils, Liepāja, Saldus, Tukums, Valmiera, Ventspils. The possibility to update skills and knowledge next door to work and home is warmly accepted by the civil servants. The priorities of the curricula are forwarded in conformity with the State Civil Service Law, where it is stated: regular duty of a civil servant is to update professional know-how, to improve skills and abilities in order to benefit functioning in the position.

6. Implementation and realisation

LSPA was made responsible for the development of state civil service in-service training programmes, manages and coordinates the training process for state civil servants in other training institutions and centres, and organises public seminars, lectures and workshops on issues concerning public administration. It cooperates with 29 training centres, some in Riga and 8 in the regional centres. Funding is centrally budgeted on a programme-by programme basis, a funding arrangement chosen by the Government. Once a programme is financed, the LSPA provides a quota for participants from the ministries. Language training has a fixed budget, and is co-financed by the institutions sending the participants. 

7. Results and benefits

In year 2010, tree thousand public administration employees participated in training organized LSPA, organized 93 study groups. Before the economical crises, in year 2008, 9.8 thousand public administration employees participated in training organized LSPA, organized 528 study groups.

8. Main hurdles and their solutions

Public administration training was significantly influenced by the economic crisis. Due to the budget consolidation measures, which were reduced for both the training budget funding and ESF project which was originally planned for improvement of professional qualifications of public administration employees. In 2009, training for state budget funding of LSPA program budget was reduced actually reaching "0 " level. From the end of year 2009, LSPA started to provide fee based training services. These changes were significant impact on the intensity of training and trained staff. 

9. Replicability or Repeatability

As it was said before LSPA are planning to become an internationally recognizable training centre. 

Summer institutes of Public administration are international one week events organized by LSPA in cooperation with the State chancellery of Latvia for the Eastern European region public officials, with high level trainers, interactive trainings and discussion events.

10. Conclusions

In LSPA lecturers team in year 2010 were 29 government institutions most capable of the experts from various ministries and other government institutions, as well as universities: University of Latvian, Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvian University of Agriculture, Riga Technical University, Stradina University.

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