Training and development is essential for the improvement of employee performance and to foster career development. Consistent with the University’s continuing commitment to provide opportunities for staff development and training, the Department of Human Resources offers programs, workshops and seminars to the University community. The Organizational Development Section is responsible for ensuring that these opportunities are relevant to each person’s job responsibilities and that the available resources are used effectively and efficiently. There are three main types of training and development opportunities available to members of the University community.
All training programs require pre-registration. Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis, upon receipt of your registration form. Here is a brief explanation of each and the process for accessing them.
Non-credit training programs
Many training programs are offered through workshops and seminars. These courses include skills which may apply across all or most work situations. All full-time employees are eligible to apply to attend this type of training as long as the training programs are directly related to your job responsibilities.
Approval to attend any training program must be obtained before you pay the registration fees or attend the training program. You should complete an Application to undertake training program form and send it, with the Department Head’s signature, to the Department of Human Resources. A copy of the program information should be attached to the application form. The maximum funding for any one program will be an amount equivalent to the tuition fee for one undergraduate course.
Professional certificate programs
Professional certificate programs enable employees to upgrade their qualifications in their areas of employment while continuing employment, for example certificate programs in accounting and human resource management. An Application to undertake training program should be completed and sent, with the Department Head’s signature, to the Department of Human Resources. A letter from the Department Head should be attached to the application form outlining the nature of the course, the importance of the certificate program to work performance, and a recommendation for approval.
The registration fee for the courses will be paid through the Department of Human Resources to a maximum of an amount equivalent to the tuition fee for one undergraduate course. Any costs related to travel, accommodations, and associated expenses will be the responsibility of your department.
Approval for any of these courses is subject to: the training budget; the nature and assessed quality of the course; the relevance of the training to the employee’s position; the availability of alternative programs; and the recommendation of the Department Head.
University credit courses
All permanent employees, academic staff members, contractual employees whose contract (or series of contracts) is for a period greater than 6 months, and pensioners are eligible for the equivalent of one (1) undergraduate course every semester. However, approval must be obtained before the semester begins; the University has no obligation to reimburse you for courses which did not receive prior approval. You should complete an Application for financial assistance for university credit course and send it, along with the Department Head’s signature, to the Department of Human Resources.
Only the tuition fee for one (1) undergraduate course will be approved for payment. All other costs such as application fees, program admission fees, textbooks, student fees, course research fees, tuition late fees, and examination fees will not be paid; they are your personal responsibility.
If the University has paid your tuition and you leave before the semester ends or you fail to complete the course, you are required to reimburse the University for the cost of that tuition. You can make arrangements with the Payroll Section of Human Resources to repay the amount.
Course cancellation and withdrawals
Some programs have a minimum number of spaces that must be filled before the class can be conducted. If it is necessary to cancel a course or class, every effort will be made to telephone the registrants. Therefore, ensure that your telephone number is included on your application form.