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Clare_Matthews
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I know this may sound like a really stupid question and I dont want to sound completely unintelligent but what arrangements does everyone have for their staff in regards to staff training.

 

If staff training is scheduled outside of work hours, do you pay staff or give lieu time or is it in their contracts that staff are expected to complete training as part of a requirement of their post?

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Pay or time in Lieu for us, during busy months we just pay. It's at managers discretion with the employee which one we use.

A payment of some kind be it money or time off must be made but it can be paid in a variety of ways.

(Seriously though in this job there are no stupid questions and I'm sure someone will come along and think otherwise to me, showing you just how no question is straight forward lol) x

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Thanks forever young, I feel a bit stupid sometimes asking questions like this but i genuinely would find it difficult for staff to take long period of lieu time. For instance i have a member of staff doing a 4 day training course and i will find it impossible to give this much lieu time

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Well we never used to get paid for any hours outside our normal working hours. But, gradually over the past couple of years I have 'persuaded' the committee that this is not fair. Staff are on very low rates of pay and to expect them to go and train in their own time and own expense to do something that is going to benefit the group is wrong!! Sorry, rant over. We now get paid for the time training ( normal rate of pay) and mileage. This also means that if they train in session times we pay someone else to cover to maintain ratios where needed.

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We are preschool. mandatory training is always paid. Other training I try to arrange on during working hours - so again paid. We have always aim to work over ratio so can afford to lose a staff member for the odd training day.

However if staff really want to do something on a non-working day, I will often pay for the course and they do (free-choice) unpaid.

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Question is now irrelevant for us as we no longer have any training available! I would actually like to be in the position of wondering what to do.

Do you mean your county is doing any? ...if so i assume that they are signposting you to where you can get some....otherwise i think thye might be on rather a sticky wicket!

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My LA occasionally sends through some safeguarding and first aid info i.e who we can go to get this from however in the main the prices have been ridiculous. Surprisingly they have had an underspend on their training budget this last year.

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Straight forward for me, if I ask staff to do training or they ask for a course which will enable them to be moving forwards as a practitioner is paid for whether in staff time or not. I think training is a must and should be valued.

 

A training pot of money should be set aside so training can be done, no matter how small or large, staff need to be valued and paid for what they do.

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We give time in lieu if it is a subject that has previously been identified through appraisal and supervision (this includes mandatory training). If it is a topic that the staff 'just fancy' attending for their own interest, they do it in their own time.

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