C8 - Learning and development

In-house training

Staff learning and development was a major focus for the Directorate throughout the reporting year. A large number of staff attended a range of in-house training and information sessions.

Training provided in-house to staff

No. of attendees

RED training

127

Armed Robbery Survival Skills

50

Delivery of Contract Management

7

Refresher First Aid Plumbing

8

Hazardous Area Awareness training

14

Stress Tolerance

24

Workstation Assessment Information training

63

Objective/HR inductions

66

Objective records management

65

WH&S Toolbox Session

6

Springboard Session – Motivation and Morale in Teams

17

Springboard Session – Conflict Resolution

21

Asthma Friendly Workplace

22

External training

Staff attended external learning and development opportunities during the reporting year through the ACTPS Training Calendar, some of which are highlighted below.

A selection of external training undertaken by Directorate officers

No. of attendees

First Aid

29 

First Aid Refresher

Writing for Government

21 

Customer Service

14 

Microsoft Excel

14 

Job Interview Skills

Leading and Managing Teams

10 


Whole-of-government learning and development initiatives

Initiative

No. of participants

WoG Disability Placement Program (Not run this f/y)

N/A

WoG Indigenous Placement Program (Not run this f/y)

N/A

Work Experience Training Program

5

WESP Training Program

3

ACTPS Graduate Program

2

Young Professionals’ Network (Not run this f/y)

N/A

PSM Program

0

Executive Development Program

0

Sponsored training for first-time and front-line managers

0

Future Leaders Program

3

Use of the ACTPS Training Calendar

The Directorate actively encourages staff to access the ACTPS Training Calendar and nominate for relevant training sessions. The calendar is emailed to staff each fortnight as part of regular email correspondence from the Senior Manager HR and is published on the ESDD Intranet.

Study assistance

The Directorate provides advice on study assistance to staff via the intranet and through the Strategic HR team. Staff members have access to the requirements for applying for study assistance and the appropriate approval process. The Directorate supported 22 applications for study assistance, comprising the following:

Time

No. of attendees

Semester 1 (2013)

7

Semester 2 (2012)

14

Summer 2013

1

Winter 2013

0

Performance management

The ACT Public Service Performance Framework has been developed to assist both staff and managers with their work performance discussions. Acknowledging the importance of this framework, ESDD introduced a suite of performance management agreement templates for the Executive, senior managers and general staff. Training for the Executive and senior managers was offered in early 2013 and the templates have been included on the ESDD Intranet for all staff to access. The HR team has promoted these templates and is proactively encouraging senior managers and supervisors to ensure they have performance agreements in place with their staff that are regularly reviewed and updated as required.