About Starfsmennt

Starfsmennt, the Educational Training Centre for Public Employees is a collaborative forum for competence development and vocational education and training for public employees and organisations. 

The Centre was established in year 2001 as a result of a collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs (employer´s side) and the majority of unions within BSRB, the Federation of State and Municipal Employees. 

The Centre’s objective is to assist public employees and organisations in enhancing competences, both general as well as specific, so employees can adjust to challenging assignments in an ever-changing work environment and organisations can build up a culture where competences, skills and wellbeing of their workforce is a priority. Therefore the Centre provides various educational courses and pathways, career counselling for individuals and counselling for managers on human resources and competence development.

Rules on the Educational Training Centre for Public Employees

Taylor-made programs  

Starfsmennt offers taylor-made educational programs for organisations within the public sector based on the results of a need analysis. Starfsmennt also develops programs for continuous VET and competence development of various occupational groups within the public sector like prison guards, court clerks, health and social workers and service clerks.

Service to backup HRM 

The Centre offers service in the field of HRM (human resource management) with the aim of enhancing employees' competences and strengthening a nourishing organisational culture with focus on development and positive work environment. 

Starfsmennt provides counselling and assistance to public organisations when making competence strategy and career development plans. Starfsmennt assists with analysing competence needs and setting up development programs for enhancing the skills and competences of the workforce. Also, organisations can get assistance in finding ways to build up positive and healthy organisational culture, where employees' wellbeing and positive motivation is in focus. 

Developmental projects to backup HRM 

The Centre takes part in different partnership projects, both on domestic as well as international level. Thus, Starfsmennt has participated in various projects within different fields such as Validation of Prior Learning, distance and digital teaching and learning, use of digital means in adult education, enhancing competences due to the digital evolution.

Collaboration e.g. through Erasmusplus and information on current and recent projects.

Please contact Starfsmennt on smennt(at)smennt.is for further information.