Article 31 : work tools, training and professional development
31.1 The University provides the tools required for employees to perform their work, and replaces them as required, unless there is a written agreement between the employee and the University.
31.2 The University will promote an environment of continuous learning and, where aligned with organizational strategic objectives, will leverage and provide developmental opportunities for employees covered by the bargaining unit.
- The parties acknowledge the need for training and development for regular employees covered by the bargaining unit. The parties recognize that in order to maintain and enhance professional expertise, employees need to attend or participate in professional development activities.
- The Parties agree that professional development includes a diverse range of activities, including, but not limited to, formal academic programs, short-term continuing activities, and certification programs provided by accredited and recognized institutions. The parties recognize their joint responsibility in and commitment to actively participate in the area of professional development.
- When the Employer determines that an empoyee requires new skills or knowledge in order to perform the duties of his primary assignment and/or new or broadened duties within an existing position or a new position, the University will make every reasonable effort to provide the necessary training at no cost to the employee. Where the writing of certification examinations forms part of the approved training, the University will reimburse the cost of writing these examinations.