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On Job Training of the Employees of the National Assembly Secretariat

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, honourable Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, in view of difficulties of employees training at a place away from the National Assembly Secretariat, Islamabad, has taken an initiative in December, 2014 to impart on job training to the employees of the Secretariat with their zero mobility and involving zero cost. The experience delivered a lot to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Secretariat.

Experienced employees of the Secretariat have been engaged to share their experiences and practical knowledge of the Parliamentary Practices and Procedures in the light of complete Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 and Rules of Business, 1973. One of the Committee Rooms of the Parliament House has been used on daily basis regularly from 8.30 am to 10.00 am by more than 50 volunteer employees of mainly Legislation Wing of the Secretariat to enhance their knowledge and skills. The Additional Secretary (Legislation) and other senior officers of the Secretariat served as resource persons for the purpose. The difference created thereby is evident from their working particularly their ever-growing longing to learn more and more.

It means that skills can be gained while employees are carrying out their jobs. This benefits both employees and the Secretariat. Employees learn in the real work environment and gain experience dealing with the tasks and challenges that they meet during a normal working day. The Secretariat benefits by ensuring that the training is specific to the job. Various methods are being used for providing on job training, i.e., coaching, mentoring, job rotation, sitting next to experienced colleagues to learn more and more, so on and so forth.

Basically, it is a cost effective method of transferring skills, knowledge and experience across the organization. All incumbents, from junior to senior most, are to follow a structured method: “tell, show, do and train”. This is capacity building and expansion through training and development. Thus, the work performed by an employee is not result of an abstract thinking or academic education but is based on practical knowledge of the job. It is just like paternal behavior through which parents pass on their knowledge to the children directly. It is highly realistic and most inexpensive because no special equipment is needed other than what is normally used in the Secretariat.

Having gained the successful experience of on job training, almost all the wings of the National Assembly Secretariat, i.e., Legislation, Committees, Automation and International Relations, are now geared up to follow the precedent. Being more benevolent, the hon’ble Speaker has envisioned a comprehensive policy of incentives and rewards for best performers during on job training sessions. Foreign as well as inland study courses would be arranged for them. They would be given every opportunity to enhance their performance and pride.

It is convincingly believed that all other public sector institutions would also press this experience into their service in the highest public interest.

Qamar Sohail Lodhi
Special Secretary