Michael Cotey Morgan, a Canadian who is a Ph.D candidate at Yale, suggests the Canadian public service should offer subsidized university education in exchange for a time-period of service after graduation.
The civil service is preparing for a mass wave of retirements and is trying to recruit young people. Young people who do not seem too interested in a public sector career.
Morgan’s idea is interesting, personally, I believe the public sector should be more transparent in what it does. Prior to dealing with bureaucrats as a journalist, I thought public policy was created by politicians. I never realized the amount of influence an entry-level policy analysis can have. If more young people understood they can achieve something in the public service, they probably join.
Expect a lot of discussion on this topic in the near future. The Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy is working on a policy paper on this subject.