Government of the British Virgin Islands: Excellence in Governance

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Client: Government of the British Virgin Islands

Programme: Excellence in Governance

(Delivered in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, 2014)

The client

The BVI is a British Overseas Territory, with the Queen as the Head of State and Her Majesty’s representative, the Governor, responsible for external affairs, defence and internal security, the Civil Service and administration of the courts. Since 1967, the BVI has held responsibility for its own internal affairs.

The problem

Dods Training was asked to put together a set of three day master classes for civil servants from across departments in BVI. Participants included permanent secretaries and other senior personnel. The client wanted participants to be better equipped to increase their effectiveness in their roles

Our actions

Dods Training put together a bespoke programme following a three-stage process of discussing best practice, practising skills and abilities and reviewing the learning. This measured approach embedded the learning and which delegates could apply immediately on return to their workplace for the benefit of themselves, their managers, organisations and the public they served.

The programme blended discussion of best practise with practical work. All elements were work-based to ensure that the learning could easily be transferred back to the participants’ workplaces. The learning in the range of subjects covered naturally built on any academic qualifications participants may have already had.

The programme was designed to illustrate the latest theory and practices in efficient and effective governance, give participants the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the tools and techniques used by public sector leader and offer facilitated exercises for participants to practise their skills and identify future learning needs. It also provided managers with a clearer understanding of the development needs of their organisation, sought to improve the performance and reputation of public services in the BVI and establish a solid foundation for the continuous professional development of all participants.


The programme was very well received and gained excellent feedback. 100 per cent of participants said that their objectives had been met and commented that they felt a lot better informed as a direct result of the training.