When individuals are appointed to a new role, a joint (individual and manager) assessment of their skills and the duties that they are to perform will lead naturally to the identification of their needs for training and staff development (normally completed at selection or induction).
In addition, ongoing training and development needs will be identified in a variety of ways, e.g. participation in annual performance and development reviews, from feedback received, as a result of a change process, in support of a succession plan, or by personal reflection on current practice.
Individuals are also encouraged to highlight any personal and professional development or training need with their line manager and to determine the available support ahead of addressing these needs within the workplace. This process can be supported through the use of a personal development plan.
The Heads of School/ College Registrar are expected to ensure that all staff employed in their area receive appropriate advice and support towards identifying their training and development needs.
This is normally supported using an induction programme, or the performance and development review (P&DR) framework and a personal development plan or by other means as appropriate.
Each school has a pre-defined development budget to support their school’s business needs and a process for determining how these funds will be used. In most situations the manager will be expected to secure agreement on the most appropriate and cost-effective way of addressing a particular training and development need.
Line Managers/Supervisors are expected to work with their staff (or team) and consider each identified development need. Useful tools to help in this process are:
The College HR Advisors will be available to provide people management related advice and direction for training needs identified at an individual or a team level.
For a limited number of development needs, based on business priorities, the University HR Services - Learning & Development team can be contacted to support the resolution of the need through the design, delivery and evaluation of tailored training. Your local HR Advisor is your first point of contact for these requests.
University HR Services offer an expanding set of people and personal management courses available for all staff.
Other departments offering courses within the University are:
This article was published on Oct 31, 2011