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Training Policy


Hi there,

I'm just completing writing a New Training Policy and have been asked by my HR Director to insert a section covering our business paying for external qualifications i.e. MBA's/Degree courses/Distance Learning etc..

With a clause to say that the individual must Complete the course in it's entirety, a clause to state that if the individual leaves within 12 months of completion they must pay FULL costs of the external qualification, with all admin costs etc..
I would really appreciate any help, directions to sites that could help with the wording around the above conditions, or any examples people have written into their existing Training Policies.
Your help is greatly appreciated,
many thanks

Buffy Sparks

3 Responses

  1. Arian Associates Ltd
    You seem to have already stated in your request for help what would seem to be a more than reasonable statement re payment and remaining with the organisation – if you have a legal department why not ask them to ‘legalise’ the wording for you to make it watertight.

  2. Training Costs Agreement (TCA)
    Our policy is, firstly if the course is necessary for the role then no costs will be recovered however we also offer part funding for some additional personal development that employees may wish to attend. This represents 40% of the total cost and they must sign a TCA to qualify. They sign this to agree to pay back the costs if they leave within 12 months of the completion of the training. However the agreement also states that this sum will be on a sliding scale dependant on how far they are into the 12 month time restriction and also it states that the sum to be paid back could be further reduced if the organisation has used or benefited from the training.
    We have had to use this sort of language to encourage our employees to attend personal development instead of just relying on our career framework. Finally the TCA states that this is not an attempt to penalise the employee but a genuine attempt for the organisation to recover some of its costs.
    I can send you a copy if you wish however it is a hashed document from more than 1 other source and therefore do not and can not take full credit for it.


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