July 3, 2006

North/South and Cross-Border Public Sector Training Programme 2006/2007

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The commitment by the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach in Armagh on 6 April to “a step-change in advancing North-South co-operation” means that such co-operation will increasingly become part of the work of civil and public servants in Northern Ireland and Ireland. Already there are over 700 officials working on cross-border co-operation issues in the two jurisdictions.

Currently there are few opportunities for such people to undertake induction or training courses to equip them for work in this new and complex area.

Building on the success of two pilot training courses in 2005, the Centre for Cross Border Studies, Co-operation Ireland the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) are offering a third training course in North/South and cross-border co-operation. The course is aimed at senior and middle-ranking public officials in Northern Ireland and Ireland who are operating on a cross-border basis. There will be 30 places available for this course.

The course is part-financed by the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. Participants are required to pay a nominal fee of £495/€695 plus VAT, which will cover all tuition, assessment, materials, meals and accommodation.

The course will be delivered over six days from early September 2006 to February 2007. The opening module will take place over two days with accommodation in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry (7-8 September). The second, third and fourth modules will run from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm on 5th October, 16th November and 14th December, also in the Canal Court. There will be a closing event in Belfast in early February, to which previous course participants will also be invited.

The course consists of four taught modules (with presentations and case studies).

The four modules will cover:

  • North/South Co-operation in the Public and NGO Sectors
  • North/South Public Finance and Governance Issues
  • North/South Economic and Business Co-operation
  • Cross-Border Co-operation at Local Authority and Community Level

Course participants are required to complete a cross-border project. The project will be carried out by participants in pairs – one from the North and one from the South – ensuring maximum cross-border learning experience. The training will be assessed by a recognised accrediting body, and certificates will be presented to successful participants by a senior public representative at the closing event.

Course speakers and facilitators will be drawn from leading figures in the civil and public service, business and industry the universities and the NG) sector.

Further details from:

Andy Pollak
Centre for Cross Border Studies,
39 Abbey Street, Armagh. BT61 7EB
Tel. +44 (0)28 3751 1550 (048 from the South)
Fax. +44 (0)28 3751 1721
E-mail: a.pollak@qub.ac.uk
Steve Mungavin
Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA),

2nd Floor, Scottish Amicable House,
11 Donegall Square South, Belfast. BT1 5JE
Tel. +44 (0)28 9026 6778 (048 from the South)
Fax. +44 (0)28 9026 6771
E-mail: stephen.mungavin@ipf.co.uk
Tony Kennedy
Co-operation Ireland,

20 Herbert Place,
Tel. +353 (1) 661 0588
Fax. +353 (1) 661 8456

See the flyer [164 Kb] and the booking form [1.1mb] .