Career Progression and Professional Development

April 2019 Update

 

The work of the Committee on Career Progression and Development Opportunities (see terms of reference in Appendix H, Common Provisions of the Collective Agreement) continues. As previously stated, the Committee has representation from both NASA and the UofA (3 members from each) and has been assigned the task of responding to a need identified at the last round of Bargaining to respond to members’ concerns around access to professional development opportunities and career mobility (aka progression).

Briefly, the work of the committee in 2018 was centered around developing and analyzing the data from a survey of support staff and their supervisors on Career Progression and Professional Development as well as learning about what was available on campus, what others in like institutions did for their staff and what is “best practice” in these areas. You can see a summary of the survey’s findings here.

Now that this work is completed, the Committee is moving to identifying the gaps between what exists and what the Committee has identified should be. Next steps are to identify possible strategies to address the gaps and then to build a business case to recommend how the University should support the training and development of support staff so that it will promote advancement opportunities on Campus.

An overview of the process the Committee is using is provided below:

  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • External Environmental Scan
  • Service Provider Consultation
  • Internal scan and consultation (survey and focus group)
  • Problem/Gap Analysis
  • Solutions(s) Development
  • Stakeholder Consultation
  • Develop Implementation Plan and funding model
  • Reviews and approvals
  • Stakeholder communication
Completed Completed Completed In Progress In Progress

Step 1 Results

View the best practice and emerging trends research on professional development.

 

Step 3 Results 

The survey had an overall response rate of 10.3% (1129 respondents). The breakdown of responses by broad stakeholder group can be found here.

   

 

 For additional information, please see: https://www.ualberta.ca/human-resource-services/about-us/initiatives/professional-development-and-career-mobility-for-support-staff

 

 

 


 

The Work Continues

 

Hopefully, from our previous post, you are aware of the work going on with the Letter of Understanding (LoU) Committee on Career Progression and Development Opportunities (see terms of reference in Appendix H, Common Provisions of the Collective Agreement). The LoU Committee has representation from both NASA and the UofA and is tasked with building a business case to present to the both parties’ leadership.

As a recap, during the spring and summer of 2018 the committee focused on the development of the campus-wide survey for all support staff, which allows us to parse out your overarching views surrounding Career Progression and Professional Development. Simultaneously, we surveyed internal UofA providers of development, and we distributed an external survey to other similar institutions to gain knowledge about their platforms for staff learning, development and career mobility. This fall was focused on corroborating the findings of the survey, and helping the Committee confirm their understanding of the survey results though follow-up focus groups held just before the winter holidays. 

With these focus groups the LoU committee reached out to support staff, their supervisors, on-campus learning and development providers and others identified. Through the compiled responses, in the coming months the committee plans on capturing and identifying themes and major trends so we can best analyze what is currently working (enablers), and asses what the gaps and restrainers are.  Once this information is gathered, the LOU committee plans on developing and presenting a business case that recommends strategies that will support furtherance of training and development of support staff that will promote advancement opportunities on Campus.

 

Below is a high level overview of the process the Committee has developed:

Step 1: External Environmental Scan and Best Practice Review Step 2: Service Provider Survey Step 3: Stakeholder Survey and Focus Groups Step 4: Gap Analysis and Solutions Development Step 5: Recommendations and Implementation Plan Step 6: Present Business Case
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • External Environmental Scan
  • Service Provider Consultation
  • Internal scan and consultation (survey and focus group)
  • Problem/Gap Analysis
  • Solutions(s) Development
  • Stakeholder Consultation
  • Develop Implementation Plan and funding model
  • Reviews and approvals
  • Stakeholder communication
 
Completed Completed Completed In Progress    

Step 1 Results

View the best practice and emerging trends research on professional development.

 

Step 3 Results 

The survey had an overall response rate of 10.3% (1129 respondents). The breakdown of responses by broad stakeholder group can be found here.

     

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.ualberta.ca/human-resource-services/about-us/strategic-initiatives/professional-development-and-career-mobility-for-support-staff

 

 

 


 

 

We want to hear from you!

 

As part of the last round of bargaining, a Letter of Understanding was signed to create a committee to look at career progression (CP) opportunities and professional development (PD) for support staff. The survey will help to determine the current state of both career advancement/mobility and professional development of non-academic staff at the University of Alberta (U of A).

 

You will be asked to provide input on current CP/PD processes and supports for support staff at the U of A, your interests in these topics and your experience with current enablers and barriers to CP and PD as they relate to non-academic staff at U of A.

 

The survey results will be used to inform/create a business case for career advancement/mobility and professional development of support staff at the U of A.

 

We encourage you to fill out the survey below and help shape the future of career progression and professional development at the U of A. There are some very specific terms used in the survey. You are encouraged to get to know them.

 

The following definitions are provided for your reference as you use the survey:

Career Advancement/Mobility: the movement of employees across grades/ positions (both upward and downward) or a complete change in occupation. Career mobility is directly related to job advancement, career development and personal satisfaction. It ensures that employees, over a period of time, move to job roles suitable to their skills, goals and aspirations.

Professional Development: refers to learning associated with earning or maintaining professional credentials or skills. It can be accessed via a range of methods involving education, exposure or experience. Some examples are academic degrees, formal coursework, attending conferences and/or workshops, mentorship, on the job training, etc.

Professional Development Planning: A formal process of planning for the development of professional skills or credentials. The process involves an employee and their supervisor or manager having purposeful conversations to determine the necessary skills and resources required to support both the employee’s goals and the organization's needs. They then capture the outcomes of those discussions in a plan document, work on implementing the plan and check-in regularly on the progress.

 

The Support Staff Career Progression Working Group, Human Resource Services and the Objective 15 steering and working groups would like to hear your thoughts on how the University can enrich learning and professional development (FPG Objective 15) and create pathways for career mobility (FPG Objective 3) for faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows.
Help us help you in your career growth and development—please participate. Survey responses will be collected until July 8, 2018 (midnight).

 

Please complete the survey at: https://surveys.srv.ualberta.ca/tsqs/rws5.pl?FORM=pro_dev

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.ualberta.ca/human-resource-services/about-us/strategic-initiatives/enriching-learning-and-professional-development

 

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