Staff development opportunities

Please see below a list of our current staff development opportunities

Appraisee Skills

It is recommended that all members of staff attend a briefing to prepare for their review meeting. This practical session will help you to get the best results from your appraisal. You will develop a clear understanding of the nature of appraisal, its objectives and the part that it can play in personal development planning as well as becoming familiar with the University’s appraisal Scheme. If you prefer, a session can be tailored for specific teams. Contact Rachael Stephens to arrange a date and time to suit you.

  • 24-05-2017 13:15 – 16:15  CC008
  • 19-06-2017 09:00 – 12:00 JLG008

Appraiser skills

A practical session which is a pre-requisite for members of staff who appraise others. The session aims are to develop an understanding of the nature of appraisal, its objectives and links with other university processes. We will also explore the skills and techniques that help to make the process effective, and become familiar with the University’s appraisal scheme and procedures and prepare for an appraisal meeting.

  • 24-05-2017 09:00 – 12:00 CC008
  • 19-06-2017 13:15 – 16:15 JLG008

Becoming a Mentor

Mentoring has been recognised as an important activity that helps to support people who are new to the University, moving into a new role or returning from a period of absence. We welcome mentors from all parts of the University, working part time and full time. This workshop will explain the role, the process of mentoring, and consider some of the skills required. Attending this workshop is necessary before taking on the role of mentor.

  • 24-04-2017 09:30 – 11:30 CC008
  • 12-06-2017 10:00 – 12:00 EEG024

Difficult Conversations for Support Staff

Holding difficult conversations can be daunting. They can be with colleagues, external people or senior managers. They can just happen or you can have time to prepare. Whatever the situation this course will help you with a strategy to find the behaviours and words to communicate effectively. The strategy used is a Call to ACTION. The 6 facets of ACTION are introduced during the seminar and each one discussed as to how they can help in conducting difficult conversations effectively.

  • 18-05-2017 09:15 – 12:45 JLG010
  • 22-06-2017 09:15 – 12:45 EE1100

Managing Performance

This workshop looks at how you as a manager can create an environment where staff can excel. It covers developing a performance culture, performance management and delivering a wider performance

  • 11-04-2017 10:00 – 13:00 EEG021

Media Training

Media Training workshops are aimed at those members of staff who are likely to be engaged in media interviews through their academic expertise or research. It is designed to give you more confidence in dealing with the media with useful tips and guidance in handling interviews as well as a chance to practice in a safe environment. Participants will be required to take part in mock interviews and engage in discussion about what makes a good or bad interview. The workshop is delivered by the University Senior Press Officer and experienced journalist, Sally Jones.

  • 03-05-2017 09:00 – 13:00 CC008

Pensions for Support Staff

If you are in the Local Government Pension Scheme you’ll know that there is something in the press or on the news every other day. Come along to find out the truth and scotch any rumours you might have heard

  • 04-05-2017 11:00 – 12:00 EEG027

Project Management Training

Brief overview of project management techniques and methodologies

  • 28-06-2017 10:00 – 11:00 WB137

Skills Gym – Absence Management

This Skills Gym is aimed at leaders and line managers developing core skills around difficult conversations. This forms part of a wider programme designed to develop the skills and knowledge required to successfully perform as leaders and managers. This half day session will support the University policy on sickness absence while helping line managers to continue to develop the essential skills of: difficult conversations fact finding directive counselling assertion/transactional analysis skills This Skills Gym will provide practical and engaging demonstrations (through the use of Actors) of the different skills that would be employed by line managers in addressing sickness absence and related issues. The skills gym will also explore more complex issues that managers are uncomfortable addressing, where they feel legislation is more ambiguous, include managing a sickness issue with an individual who has a protected characteristic

  • 25-05-2017 09:00 – 12:00 JLG008
  • 25-05-2017 13:15 – 16:15 JLG008

Skills Gym – Discipline and Grievance

This Skills Gym is aimed at leaders and line managers developing core skills around difficult conversations, specifically about discipline and grievance which can be daunting. Not only is the range of disciplinary issues very large and varied the issues surrounding the reason why it has occurred can be very emotional at a variety of levels. When considering grievance issues there can be a multitude of factors that the employees brings to the conversation. This half day session will link to the University policy on discipline and grievance while introducing the use of a strategy based on the ACTION model to give a framework to any difficult conversation. The session will look to develop the verbal and nonverbal skills required to know how to talk assertively and appropriately, bearing in mind the sensitivities that a disciplinary or grievance interview can bring. A major focus of the session is based on the aim of the meeting, as this is often where individuals go wrong. This Skills Gym will provide practical and engaging demonstrations of the different skills that would be employed by line managers in addressing discipline and grievance related issues. The skills gym will also explore more complex issues that managers are uncomfortable addressing, including two written case study scenarios.

  • 07-06-2017 09:15 – 12:45 EE1100

Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS)

This presentation by FACE will address any questions you may have regarding your pension scheme. The presentation will cover: 1. Reminder of present scheme arrangements and how they work 2. Confirmation of the proposed changes (who is and who is not affected) 3. When the changes kick-in 4. Early Retirement options 5. Ways to improve your pension at retirement

  • 27-04-2017 12:30 – 13:30 CH2006

Places can be booked through our staff development pages or by contacting Rachael Stephens, Training Administrator either on 01905 54 2290 or r.stephens@worc.ac.uk

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