The department head, under the direction of the Manager, shall establish and promote a training and development program for the employees of his department for the purpose of improving the quality of personnel and keeping the public service up-to-date.
An educational assistance policy may be promoted to encourage the use of those education facilities readily available to the employees of the municipality to the extent that the budget appropriates funds for that training. The purpose of this policy is to encourage employees to augment their education and thus increase their ability to perform their current or future assignments, to prepare for greater job responsibilities within the municipality and to keep abreast of the latest developments in their field.
The overall control of the administration of the educational assistance policy shall be the responsibility of the Manager, but each department head shall determine the training priorities for his department as a whole, with consideration to the employee's individual needs.
Only full-time employees of the municipality who have successfully completed the probationary period shall be eligible for education assistance. Eligibility shall include successful completion of the course of study.
When an educational assistance program is established, any additional guidelines for its administration and implementation shall be prepared and supervised by the Manager with the approval of Council.
It shall be the responsibility of each department head, subject to the approval of the Manager, to establish an incentive awards program which provides recognition for exceptional performance and successful ideas for improving operations.