- Planning for professional learning
- Accessing professional learning opportunities
- Resourcing for professional learning
- Further information
Southern Cross University (SCU) values and actively encourages professional learning and is committed to:
- Enhancing the University's performance and reputation through the development of a highly skilled workforce;
- Supporting an integrated approach to professional learning that is an essential part of planning, management and day-to-day working practice. Professional learning programs and activities are based on identified needs, developed consultatively and reflect a balance of individual and organisational priorities. The professional learning program should reflect employees' career development needs and ongoing professional development, seek to optimise the quality of working life, improve workplace productivity and aim to meet the University's strategic and operational needs; and
- Providing equitable opportunities for employees to learn and develop.
Employees are responsible for:
- Taking responsibility for their career;
- Seeking and using opportunities for development and learning;
- Developing learning and development goals that meet the University's and individual needs, in consultation with their supervisor; and
- Assisting as required, with workplace learning and development initiatives, which may involve coaching other colleagues through on-the-job training.
Supervisors and managers are responsible for:
- Ensuring equity in the management of professional learning;
- Discussing development needs with individual employees as part of their PMDR process and on an ongoing basis;
- Influencing performance with coaching and support;
- Providing feedback on performance and potential for career development;
- Identifying professional learning needs, in consultation with employees, as part of the performance management, development and review (PMDR) process; and
- Ensuring that relevant information arising from audits, grievances and disciplinary procedures is, in consultation with employees concerned, incorporated into professional learning needs identification.
Planning for professional learning
Professional learning planning must take into consideration the University's strategic plan and specific needs of the University as well as be a consultative process between employees and their supervisors. Professional learning needs are normally identified through:
- The PMDR process;
- Organisational unit planning and review processes;
- Review of team performance; or
- An induction or probationary review.
Accessing professional learning opportunities
SCU offers a range of quality professional learning opportunities for employees. Depending on the type of activity required, professional learning requirements may be provided or resourced by:
- HR Services (including Workplace Health and Safety training);
- Technology Services;
- Library Services;
- Equity and Diversity;
- Division of Research;
- Division of Teaching and Learning; and
- Individual work units.
Programs are advertised through the SCU Professional learning calendar and regular all staff emails or on individual work unit's websites. Programs are delivered flexibly, either online or face-to-face. Professional learning opportunities may also be accessed through:
1. Professional learning centre
The Professional learning centre is a one stop shop for programs arranged by the Organisation Development Team. From the Centre, employees can access:
- The Professional learning calendar which details the programs available and when they are offered;
- Programs offered as part of the calendar;
- MyHR to view program outlines and enrolment procedures; and
- A comprehensive Professional learning resource centre that can be accessed at any time.
2. Specialised programs
The University has a range of specialised programs that provide opportunities for professional learning, including:
- Academic special studies leave;
- Financial assistance for employees studying; and
- Study time for professional employees.
These programs are coordinated through HR Services.
3. External programs
Employees and managers may also consider accessing external training programs, where appropriate, such as programs offered by:
- Association for Tertiary Education Management;
- Australian Institute of Management; and
- Institute of Public Administration.
Resourcing for professional learning
Resourcing occurs within the University's framework of strategic and operational planning priorities.
Heads of Work Units will fund professional learning initiatives to meet operational needs within their areas of responsibility. Members of Executive and Heads of Work Units may fund professional learning activities to meet the strategic needs of the University.
The SCU Professional learning calendar is managed by HR Services and responds to institutional wide professional learning needs identified from the PMDR process and strategic priorities such as the VC's priorities.
For assistance and further information contact:
T: +61 2 66203953 or +61 2 66203978
Updated: 15 October 2013