What makes a workplace exceptional? According to the employees who work for Canada’s Top 100 Employers, an organization’s commitment to training and development is essential. One of eight criteria in evaluating leading employers in Canada in 2011, training and development, including the funding to support professional development, is one of the main reasons why people choose to work for and stay with their employer.
This past year Western demonstrated its commitment to training and development that reflects the best practices of leading organizations. A collaboration between Human Resources and Continuing Studies, advanced funding from educational assistance for courses in professional development encouraged more employees than ever before to pursue knowledge and skills for professional and personal enrichment. With close to 100 courses at Continuing Studies eligible for advanced funding at registration, Western employees enrolled in courses in Project Management, Accounting, Managerial Communications, Organizational Behaviour, Teaching with Technology, Marketing, Human Resources, French, Business Grammar and Style, Modern Media, Presentations for Success, Service Management, and Writing for the Digital Age to name a few.
On campus, online or at Citi Plaza, Western employees embraced learning with heart and soul. In course evaluations, employees expressed pride and enthusiasm for the newly acquired skills and knowledge. The feedback also included valuable suggestions for improvement.
When employees express a sense of accomplishment and success at applying the learning to their roles, the benefit of educational assistance is validated. For example, Gord Rogerson, who works in Western Retail Services, says:
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how much I am enjoying the Western Project Management program… This course is going to prove to be a wonderful asset for me to bring to Western Retail Services, and it really got the learning spark in my brain blazing away again... Now I'm just trying to decide what path to take... Do I continue on and get the Professional Certification in Project management from Western by taking the 3 supplementary courses from the CIM stream? Do I work towards the Certificate in Leadership to augment the PM skills I'm developing now?
Thank you to everyone who worked hard to get these programs advanced funded. These are wonderful opportunities for Western employees to grow.
In the effort to ignite the “learning spark” in employees, Continuing Studies would like to acknowledge leaders in Hospitality Services, Housing and Ancillary Services, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Financial Services, The Book Store at Western and Campus Police for their exceptional commitment to professional development. Since September 2011, Continuing Studies processed more than 100 registrations from these departments for employees who have enrolled in courses to grow their knowledge and develop skills that will contribute to their roles, their careers and their lives.