Expectations and performance: Assessment of public service training in Hong Kong


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There are different ways in which training providers and recipients assess the value and outcome of training programmes. Generally, evaluations by clients of training services in the public sector do not receive serious attention as one cohort of officials succeeds another. Such an approach restricts the prospect of improvement, particularly since the providers are not subjected to undergo self-assessment of their programmes. This article seeks to achieve a better understanding of the assessment by soliciting opinions of both clients and providers of training programmes offered by the Civil Service Training and Development Institute in Hong Kong. The views of both the trainers and recipients were collected through a number of surveys and interviews. The response from trainees and trainers reveal significant differences about the expectations and actual content of the training programmes. Interestingly, there were similarities as well in their assessment in some areas. A common position declared by the trainees is that training keeps them informed about the latest developments but does not help them to adjust to changing circumstances. The other complaint was that adequate training was not provided for performing on the job. Trainers expressed different views, but agreed on the fact that the institute is unable to cope with the task and responsibility of training the entire public service and conceded that it is difficult to anticipate the future training needs in the rapidly changing environment in which public administration takes place. Copyright © 2008 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-204
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


Huque, A. S., & Vyas, L. (2008). Expectations and performance: Assessment of public service training in Hong Kong. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19(1), 188-204. doi: 10.1080/09585190701764154


  • Training
  • Evaluation
  • Performance management


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