Public Sector Finance and Management Courses - Oxbridge Academy

PUBLIC SECTOR FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT COURSES

The Public Sector Finance and Management Courses at Oxbridge Academy are designed to prepare you for working in the local government sector. You will learn more about some or all of the following topics:

  • Public management and administration
  • Public law and governance
  • Public finance
  • Human resources management
  • Management communication
  • Computer practice

PUBLIC SECTOR FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT COURSES

The Public Sector Finance and Management Courses at Oxbridge Academy are designed to prepare you for working in the local government sector.

When you study Public Sector Finance and Management Courses, you will learn more about some or all of the following topics:

  • Public management and administration
  • Public law and governance
  • Public finance
  • Human resources management
  • Management communication
  • Computer practice

The courses you can choose from at Oxbridge Academy include:

 

Short Learning Programmes

These non-credit bearing skills development courses are designed to introduce you to the public sector, and to equip you with some of the fundamental knowledge and skills you need to work in this sector.

National Qualifications (N4 – N6)

These N4 – N6 courses lead to formal qualifications that are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). By studying an N4 – N6 course, you can acquire the knowledge and develop the skills you need to work in various departments within the public sector.

Public Management

Public Management – Accounting

Management Assistant – Public Assistant

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What is Public Administration?

 

Broadly speaking, public administration refers to the implementation of government policy, usually by civil servants in the executive branch of government. It involves managing the public service, as well as serving the public through government and non-profit organisations.

Some of the activities that form part of public administration include:

  • Assisting members of the public.
  • Reviewing and implementing changes to public policies.
  • Overseeing budgets.
  • Reporting on public finances.
  • Managing human resources.
  • Doing research.
  • Liaising with various stakeholders, including private contractors and non-profit organisations.
  • Performing various office administration duties as required.

These are only examples. Public administration is a diverse field, and the precise duties and responsibilities of a public administrator will vary considerably from one job role to another.

Career opportunities in Public Administration

 

The field of public administration, public finance and public management offers a wide range of career opportunities in the government sector, as well as in non-profit organisations and private businesses that enter into contracts with government.

Examples of career opportunities include:

  • Account Manager
  • Admin Officer
  • Budget Analyst
  • Client Services Officer
  • Community Development Manager
  • Economist
  • Grant Writer
  • HR Analyst
  • Municipal Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Programme Manager
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Public Safety Inspector
  • Public Sector Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Urban Planner

The skills and characteristics that you will need to work in public administration, public finance and public management include:

  • Communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Diplomacy

To find out more about working in the field of Public Sector Finance and Management, click on the following link:

 

Public Management and Administration Careers.

Glossary:

 

  • ICB: Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. The ICB is a professional body responsible for ensuring the quality and credibility of bookkeeping, accounting, office administration, and financial management training in South Africa.
  • Local government: In South Africa, there are three levels of government: national, provincial, and local. The local level includes municipalities, and is predominantly responsible for service delivery and administration in relation to aspects such as town planning, local health care, refuse collection, supply of water and electricity, and traffic regulation.
  • Mercantile law: Also referred to as commercial law or business law. Mercantile law refers to all the laws and regulations that apply to businesses and the manner in which businesses conduct their activities.
  • NQF: National Qualifications Framework. The NQF is a system used to give national recognition to the knowledge and skills gained by learners/students when they complete certain courses or training programmes. Each nationally recognised qualification is linked to one of the eight levels of the NQF, making it easier for students, employers, and academic institutions to compare the academic levels of different qualifications.
  • Public policy: The underlying principles on which laws are based and according to which laws are applied.
  • Public sector: The part of the economy that is focused on providing basic goods and services to citizens – usually through the various tiers of government, together with non-profit and government-funded organisations.
  • Stakeholder: A person who may affect or influence, or may be affected or influenced by, something.