Doesn’t this remind you of that episode from the original The Office in which the outside trainer/facilitator, overhead projector and all, is derailed by prat manager, David Brent, and everyone else sits slumped in their uncomfortable chairs?
Here’s a free hint to Treasury: forget about the training in gender equality and concentrate on the quality of the output.
And, finally, what a great money spinner for all this guff handed out by wannabes who wouldn’t have a clue but no doubt put on quite a performance.
A top Treasury official received nearly $2000 in coaching from gender equity specialist Deborah May as part of an executive education spend of more than $1 million across key federal economics agencies.
Details of the training provided to hundreds of public service executives over the past 12 months been provided to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee following a question on notice from Labor.
Treasury’s bill for the year was $255,000. The top individual spend was on a five-day residential course called Leading for Organisational Impact at the University of Melbourne, worth $9882.
The recipient is employed at SES Band 2, which is the level of first assistant secretary or division head. The salary at this level is around $275,656 a year.
Another Treasury official received $1950 in executive coaching from Canberra-based Deborah May, who specialises in unconscious bias in the workplace.
Ms May would not speak about her clients in specific terms but said: “The public service, and particularly Treasury, have had a focus on increasing the numbers of women at senior levels and the work I’ve done is to identify the barriers to equal opportunity for men and women.
“We’ve identified unconscious bias as the most significant barrier to their progression.”The recipient of Ms May’s services is employed at the deputy secretary level.
There are currently six men and three women at this level, each of whom earns $300,000 plus.
Treasury also put five employees through training with the Sydney-based Cranlana Foundation, at a cost of $22,500.
Established in 1993 as an initiative of the Myer Foundation, the Cranlana Program helps leaders “reflect upon key philosophical, ethical and social issues central to creating a just, prosperous and sustainable society in Australia”.
In another big spend, Treasury paid $113,650 to Australian Public Service Commission for 11 participants in leadership training. That’s about $10,000 per person.
Treasury’s bill for executive education and coaching was only outdone by the Australian Prudential and Regulatory Authority, which spent $398,798.
APRA did not provide a breakdown of what it spent but listed The Donington Group, Sympatico Coaching Practice and UGM Consulting among its providers.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission spent $199,803 and the Australian Bureau of Statistics $110,599.
Just over 100 ACCC managers received training, including four who spent about a day each with Stella Humphries, who calls herself a “learning steward” and specialises in large-scale change programs.
Organisational coach Amanda Horne spent six hours with one ACCC departmental officer at a cost of $2250, while another more senior executive received three hours of coaching from Allegany Consulting at a cost of $1636.35. The ACCC’s biggest spend was $116,304 with Nous Group for leadership training for 191 employees.
The ABS used a series of private consultancy firms including Flanagan Brown-Greaves, Bull & Bear Consulting and Yellow Edge Consulting.
Several agencies, including the Productivity Commission and Inspector General of Taxation, did not have any spending on coaching.
Information about two large agencies, the Australian Tax Office and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, had not been posted on the website of federal Parliament by late on Monday.