Training and Development Policy

Summary

This policy applies to all staff working for Estyn and all external inspectors who are contracted to work on behalf of Estyn.

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Estyn recognises that effective training and development offers benefits to the individual and the organisation as a whole, which ultimately contributes to the achievement of Estyn’s strategic objectives.

Training and development can be defined as any activity designed to help individuals become more effective at their work by improving, updating or refining their knowledge and skills, and influencing their behaviours. It encompasses a range of activities including, but not limited to: involvement in projects, attendance at training courses, conferences or seminars, visits to other organisations, work shadowing, formal study, coaching and mentoring.

This policy defines Estyn’s approach to training and development, details how training and development is identified, monitored and evaluated and Estyn’s commitment to resourcing a range of training and development approaches.

The document also sets out Estyn’s training and development strategy for 2011-2013, including the identification of organisational learning needs in line with Estyn’s business objectives, values and behaviours.