Staff Training and Development
Training and development is essential for the improvement of employee performance and career development. The Department of Human Resources is committed to providing high quality, cost-effective training programs to employees and retirees of Memorial University.
To outline the principles and procedures to ensure training and development opportunities are applied fairly and consistently across the University and to ensure that training and development resources are used effectively and efficiently.
All employees and retirees of Memorial University.
This policy covers a variety of courses and training programs including:
For information on apprenticeship training please refer to the appropriate terms and conditions of employment, or the respective collective agreement available on the Department of Human Resources website.
The formulation and review of this policy is the responsibility of the Director of Human Resources through the Manager, Organizational Development. The Manager, Organizational Development is responsible for:
2. TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The following training and development opportunities are available under this policy:
2.1 Non-Credit Courses (excluding certificate programs)
Many educational programs are offered under the umbrella of professional and skills development through the delivery of courses, workshops and/or seminars. These courses provide knowledge and skill development to enhance an employee's work performance and can be applicable for either supervisors/managers or non-supervisory employees. Such training may be offered within the University through the Department of Human Resources, The Gardiner Centre, Community Education at Grenfell Campus, Marine Institute and/or external vendors.
2.2 Professional Certificate Programs
This type of training involves more than one course and would normally lead to the awarding of a diploma, license, and/or certificate. The training enables employees to upgrade qualifications in their areas of employment while continuing employment.
An example of this type of program is the Supervisory Skills Development Program offered through The Gardiner Centre.
2.3 University Credit Courses
The University offers many courses which may be of interest to employees. As an employer, the University encourages its employees to continue their education and encourages employee development.
Independent of professional development seminars, workshops and programs, there are management development opportunities directed specifically to those with senior administrative responsibilities. These may include seminars offered by Memorial University, other educational institutions, and corporate agencies.
3. REIMBURSEMENT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Employees will be required to reimburse the University in the following situations, unless otherwise stated:
a) Where an employee has received financial assistance from the Department of Human Resources (i.e. registration fees, tuition fees) and fails to complete the course (i.e. a grade is not awarded) and/or terminates employment with the University prior to the end of the course, the employee may be required to reimburse the University.
b) Where an employee is granted assisted leave and does not return to the University for a period equal to that leave, the employee will repay the amount of financial assistance on a prorated basis based on the period of time worked following return from assisted leave.
c) Where an employee has received financial assistance for certificate courses and terminates within one year of assisted payment, a prorated amount of the financial assistance will be recovered from the employee upon termination.
4. CHARGES FOR NON-ATTENDANCE AT TRAINING PROGRAMS
The effectiveness of a program is reduced when employees register for programs but fail to attend without adequate notification.
A program "no-show" fee will be charged to units when an employee registers for a program but fails to attend. The amount of the fee will equal either the registration fee of the program or a prorated cost based on the cost of the program (including room rental, refreshments and training materials).
This fee will be waived when units send a substitute for the person who has registered or provide 72 hours notice of cancellation to the Organizational Development Section, Department of Human Resources. Normally this notice period will enable the Department of Human Resources to find a replacement. When the notice period is less than 72 hours and a replacement cannot be found, the no-show charge will apply.
5. EXCEPTIONS TO THE POLICY
Notwithstanding any clause of this policy, exceptions may be granted upon recommendation from the employee's Unit Head and with the approval of the respective Vice-President.