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  • SUNGO holds its “Counselling Skills for Social Services” Training

    SUNGO holds its “Counselling Skills for Social Services” Training

    SUNGO under the auspice of the SICTP held its “Counselling Skills for Social Services” training at the Oloamanu Training Facility of The National University of Samoa SUNGO requested for basic counselling course under the SICTP programme 4 years ago to address issues relating to marriage, post tsunami depression, suicide and… Continue readingRead More »
  • NUS Training for Work Ethic’s

    NUS Training for Work Ethic’s

    The National University of Samoa (NUS) started last week Monday 23rd to 26th April, 2018 with its staff training programme for 2018. In collaboration with the Samoa In-country Training Programme (SICTP), NUS hosted the Work Ethics training. The four-day course was conducted for 17 NUS staff from the various departments… Continue readingRead More »
  • Public Sector Policy, Research, Development & Analysis

    Public Sector Policy, Research, Development & Analysis

    A workshop on PUBLIC SECTOR POLICY, RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT & ANALYSIS was held at the Elisa Conference Room at Sogi on the 18th – 22nd September 2017. This was to address the development of Public Sector Policy skills and supports career development identified by PSC, as one of the training needs… Continue readingRead More »

Skills Development in Samoa

The SICTP has been in existence in various forms since 1991, with funding from the New Zealand and Australian Governments as well as in-kind support from the Government of Samoa through the Public Service Commission (PSC) and currently through the Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education (OCPDCE) of the National University of Samoa (NUS).

The SICTP has provided invaluable capacity building support for human resources from the public, private and civil society sectors through the coordination and implementation of in country training's (short courses) in generic and technical skills, conducted by overseas and local trainers.

These courses are requested for, by the 3 Sector Coordinating Agencies (SCAs) which are the Public Service Commission (PSC), Chamber of Commerce (COC) and the Samoa Umbrella for Non Governmental Organization (SUNGO), as identified through their respective Training Needs Analysis (TNA) processes.

In July 2008, the SICTP was localized through the development of the management team comprising of the SICTP Manager, SICTP Accountant and the SICPT Administrative Coordinator. The SICTP Management was housed with the OCPDCE - NUS under the supervision of the OCPDCE Director and has operated under project support, funding through the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

However, with recent funding reforms by the Development Partners (ZMFAT and AUSDFAT), the SICTP has now been transitioned from Project Support Funding to Budget Support Funding for the OCPDCE - NUS, under the current Education Sector Support Programme (ESSP) 2015 - 2018.

Hence, the SICTP is currently governed by the NUS, and the SICTP Programme Coordinating Committee (PCC) has been maintained, with the NUS Vice Chancellor as the Chairperson and members comprising of the SCAs and relevant stakeholders from the Education Sector Coordination Unit, Samoa Qualifications Authority and the NUS Finance Division.


Enhanced capacity and performance of the public, private and non governmental sectors.


To provide quality practical skills training in line with sector HR priorities each year.


  • Respect and trust
  • Embrace all diversity
  • Effective communication
  • Equal and fair opportunities for all
  • Accountable, transparent and good governance practices
  • Ethical and professional conduct
  • Supportive partnerships


Strategic Framework

The main purpose of the Samoa In Country Training Programme (SICTP) is to deliver high quality practical skills training to enhance on-the-job performance of participants in Samoa. The three key performance areas targeted are skills, attitude, knowledge and their application. There are numerous challenges impacting not only on the successful implementation of the SICTP, but more importantly the effectiveness of courses undertaken through the SICTP. This strategic framework seeks to provide guidance to meet these challenges and with the view of progressively strengthening the sectors through the SICTP in the next three (3) years.


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