Under the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO), every employee is entitled to at least two ‘development days’. The purpose of these days is to improve employees’ long-term employability, to foster the knowledge and skills required by the university, and to maintain and improve employees’ opportunities on the job market, both within and outside the university. The development days may involve training courses, workshops or other forms of learning; options include for example take a look at the work activities of a colleague or visit other organisations.
In any event, to make use of your development days, you must make arrangements in consultation with your line manager. It may be possible to save your days from the current calendar year and use them in the next calendar year instead. Development days that remain unused at the end of the calendar year will lapse. Development days are not holiday days and cannot be sold. If you are unable to arrive at an agreement, you can ask your HR adviser to mediate.
Your personal development will be discussed during your annual appraisal. During this appraisal you will also have the opportunity to make agreements with your line manager regarding your development days.
If your unit uses I-mar, development days are recorded by means of the leave type "development days".
Article 6.9 of the CAO-NU sets out the provisions for the development days in more detail. Feel free to consult this document. For any further facilities, go to Training Facilities and Staff Development Centre.