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A member of staff is interested in submitting an application - what should I do?

When the scheme is open, it's essential that you discuss their application with them.  The application must be supported by staff’s line manager for it to be considered.   Key things to discuss include:

  • How does it link to their PDP/Learning needs?
  • What outcomes are they hoping to achieve?
  • How could they apply the learning within their work and how does this link to work objectives (at team/service/organisational level)
  • How would the learning and impact of it be evaluated

These are all areas covered in the application form – your support in discussing these can greatly assist in taking their application forward as an integral part of the PDP and Review process.

Staff must also explore all alternative funding sources prior to applying.  Any awards made are on the condition that staff have done so and that alternative funding is either not available or does not cover the full course fees.

You also MUST complete the managers section of the Application Form confirming if you support their application etc.   If this section isn’t fully completed or an application does not have the manager’s support then it will not be considered.