The County shall make every effort to provide a program of In-Service training that is designed to maintain a high standard of performance and to increase the skills of employees in the bargaining unit. Training courses to be attended shall have a direct bearing on the work of the employee. Attendance at training courses may be authorized by the Department Head. Decisions by department heads on requests by employees should be based upon the effect the absence of the employee will have on the department’s operations and its ability to continue to provide the services and perform the functions for which it is responsible; and the relationship of the subject of the program, seminar, conference or workshop to the function performed by the employee and the department, and the employee’s professional development.
7.3.1 In-Service Training Reimbursement
Expenditures for travel, meals, lodging, registration and other items may be included as part of the In-Service training line item in each of the department’s budgets. Occasionally, the departmental budget may not permit trips to be paid by the County. The employee may feel that the trip would be of benefit to the employee’s professional development, and therefore, would be willing to pay the expenses if the employee were permitted time off from work at full salary. In addition, other public or private agencies provide grants that can be used to cover the cost of the training.
7.3.2 In-Service Training Requests
When several employees within a department make requests to attend In-Service training and it is not possible to grant attendance for all those employees who have made such a request, because of the criteria listed in Section 7.3, the Department Head shall establish an attendance list based upon the following order of priority: prior identified training needs; prior attendance at similar courses; and seniority (continuous service).
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