As an employer, NWO-I is committed to ensuring that all employees can do their work in a qualified and motivated manner and enjoy their work. This is sometimes referred to as sustainable deployability. One of the requirements of sustainable deployability is training and development.
As an employee, you have the right and sometimes the obligation to follow training. For example, you can follow a study programme or training course. Training can be aimed at the proper performance of your current or (demonstrable) future position at NWO-I or can be followed to increase your employability at NWO-I or elsewhere. Enrolment in a study or training course is made possible by study leave and the reimbursement of expenses.
You will most commonly follow a training course via a professional training institute. However, the NWO Academy also offers several short training courses that are mainly aimed at developing skills and practical work-oriented knowledge. You can find out more about the courses offered on the NWO-I website or via your personnel adviser. For its PhDs at university workgroups (BUW) and certain NWO Institutes, NWO-I has developed a series of joint training courses. The new programme for 2021 was recently published on the NWO-I website. For the time being, all PhD training courses will take place online. Some NWO Institutes offer their own training courses for PhDs.
Besides various forms of training, there are plenty of other possibilities to work on your long-term professional development. One such example is taking on an entirely new task or swapping a task with one of your colleagues. Yet another way to develop further is to temporarily work outside of your position or in a different department so that you can expand your horizon. That allows you to gain knowledge and learn from other colleagues and to share your knowledge and experience with them. Acquiring experience in other organisation units or organisations can be supported, for example, by a temporary secondment.
Discuss the possibilities with your line manager
You can take the initiative and come up with a proposal about how you would like to develop, but the proposal could also come from your line manager. You should make agreements about this during your performance or assessment interview, but such agreements can be made at any other time as well. Furthermore, every employee is entitled to professional career advice once every five years.
You can find general information about training and professional development in Chapter 6 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Institutes. On the NWO-I website, you can find specific information about training and professional development:
If you have any questions, then please contact your own P&O advisor.