A paid civic gap year for New Zealanders

Why not take a percentage (5%?) of the public service roles and make them available for any New Zealander to sign up for a civic gap year. Each year the intake could be demographically balanced, and it could work like a fellowship, where fellows can participate in any policy/service/regulatory area they want to.

Why the contribution is important

This would bring a lot more diversity of ideas and experiences to the service, and would help be a circuit breaker for the resistence to change of long term incumbency. It would also help departments keep it real, and avoid becoming too self reinforcing or self limiting.

by piaandrews on October 26, 2021 at 11:15AM

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