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3rd February 2009, 01:34 PM #1
What is your annual training budget?
So how much does your school think you are worth investing in? Please be honest and let us know. Please also post if you have received little or no training at all. I do intend to go somewhere with this in the future
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3rd February 2009, 01:39 PM #2
We don't have a training budget for IT support. I was very lucky last financial year to get the left over funds from BSF (Better schools fund not the building schools!!) and get on Exchange 2007, server 2008 AD, and ITIL courses I also managed to get my tech a Vista course. A very good year for courses, not likely to be repeated though As a rule I think we can usually get a few hundred pounds a year, but it's not guaranteed... We all now how far that goes with IT training!
I'm glad to hear your looking at doing something with this info, when you think of what we're expected to be able to turn our hand to - instantly - we techie types do pull off some amazing feats with little formal training
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3rd February 2009, 03:50 PM #3
Not sure in all honesty. You ask and usually get it.
3rd February 2009, 03:55 PM #4
Training is overrated - you can just read the manual, search Google or ask on here if you can't figure stuff out yourself.
3rd February 2009, 04:04 PM #5
In reality that's what most of us do, along with build a test system if we're lucky enough to have spare kit. But I do think there's a place for training, worst case is you find out you're doing something right already, or, usually, you find out the software/hardware you're learning about does a lot more than you realised - bonus! Not forgetting the time and frustration saved trying to figure it all out yourself!
Originally Posted by dhicks
3rd February 2009, 04:07 PM #6
3rd February 2009, 04:07 PM #7
The last formal IT training that i received was in 1999. NT4 Server Core technologies and Netware 4.12 Advanced Administration.
Been making the rest of it up as i go along since.
3rd February 2009, 04:25 PM #8
In 3 1/2 years of working here I've had 2 days of training and that was on Fronter. I don't think we have a training budget, not for non teaching staff anyway.
3rd February 2009, 04:33 PM #9
I've asked and asked and asked for training, but with no luck!! I've sourced a training provider, found the course(s) I want to do, negotiated a good price (for an IT course) and then submitted all the details...only to be told that there's not that much funding available!!!
To rub salt in the wounds I was recently asked to find a training provider for Excel and Access for the IT Teaching staff.....when I passed the quote over there wasn't any complaint and I was asked to book it for them!!!!!
I've now decided to try another route to getting training and have approached our Associate Staff link Governor who seems to be on my side. I'll keep my fingers crossed that she can help.
3rd February 2009, 04:38 PM #10
No formal budget as such but just ask if you want to do something.
My school really believes in training so will always try and accommodate.
3rd February 2009, 04:39 PM #11
Bugger all I would imagine. They wouldn't even let me go to the RM seminar ... couldn't justify spending the money!!!
3rd February 2009, 06:11 PM #12
A training course for excel and access, i've never heard anything so ridiculous. Don't they teach excel at the local libraries for nowt?!!!
Originally Posted by muppet
3rd February 2009, 06:13 PM #13
Every member of staff here (support and teaching) have their own CPD budget of £400, which is their responsibility to manage - everything is generally OK'ed if it fits in with your Performance Management and the whole school development plan.
If you need to attend more extensive training or travelling allowances etc these come from a central CPD pot if necessary which is managed by an assistant headteacher.
3rd February 2009, 07:34 PM #14
'training budget' er.......
Nope, have no idea what you mean
3rd February 2009, 07:50 PM #15
I've no idea either. For that matter, I have no access to a budget at all. Despite being the ICT Manager and being here 7 years, I'm still not privvy to that sort of information.
Originally Posted by witch
A governor once told me there was training money available, but when I tried to get some the Head was obstructive about it.
Now that Head's gone, but the school's in a much worse financial situation. There's no chance.
A a common theme of my job now is avoiding arguing with people about money I'm not responsible for. It's not a pleasant environment to work in.
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