Introducing the APS Academy
Introducing the APS Academy and the approach it will take.
Some people plan for a long–term APS career. Others join the service to make a specific contribution. Whatever your career profile, the professional skills and capabilities of every member of the APS are essential to the implementation of government decision–making and delivering for the Australian community.
However, the APS workforce operates in an environment of rapid and continuous change. As a result, over time, everyone’s skillset and knowledge need ‘upgrading’. In order to future proof your career, regular investment in your skills, expertise and experience is essential.
In this context, it is critical that the learning and development needs of the APS workforce are recognised and supported.
It is equally important that learning and development opportunities are delivered as soon as they are identified – that is, at the speed of change. Learning and development can no longer be confined to the classroom or online courses. Constant, real–time workplace learning has become a key lever for success in responding to rapid change around us.
With this in mind, the APS Academy has been established to foster an APS–wide culture of learning that builds core public sector capabilities and drives high performance.
Operating as a networked hub, the Academy leverages the knowledge and expertise in the APS to ensure learning is shared widely. Its continuous learning model recognises the importance of learning from our experiences, from our colleagues and from our leaders. And its investment in innovative learning delivery will ensure that all APS employees can access and benefit from the learning opportunities on offer.
The focus of the APS Academy is to build APS Craft capabilities – the core capabilities the APS needs across the sector to deliver great policy and services. These capabilities are:
- Integrity – at the heart of the APS is the pursuit of high standards of professionalism – both in what we do and how we do it
- Working in Government – a willingness to serve and the ability to apply a deep understanding of the context in which the APS operates
- Engagement & Partnerships – working with others to shape policy and services that drive better outcomes for the Australian community
- Leadership & Management – driving organisational productivity and performance through inspiration towards a common goal
- Implementation & Services – bringing policy to life with effective and efficient services that benefit the Australian community
- Strategy, Policy & Evaluation – delivering great policy and services with strategic analysis and evaluation throughout the policy lifecycle.
Learning is offered through craft ‘toolkits’ that contain a curated suite of resources including frameworks, methodologies, tools, templates, networks and centres of excellence and research. Bespoke learning, such as courses, webinars, events and immersive offerings, is also available.
The Academy connects experts from inside and outside the APS to facilitate developing and refining APS Craft capability, ensuring learning and development resources across the APS are now more accessible than ever.
Establishment of the APS Academy, partnering with APS agencies and external partners, represents a fundamental shift in how we will build APS capability now and well into the future. We are building a culture of learning to enable APS people, teams and organisations to excel as a high performing, skilled and connected workforce.