Professional development

Professional development

All types of facilitated learning opportunities that aim to increase a person’s skills or knowledge, leading to personal development and career advancement. Learning opportunities may include courses, workshops, coaching

In the context of supervision of staff, coaching means the provision of ongoing and regular support: directing and offering feedback to staff to set and pursue goals, developing their capacity, addressing performance issues, and ensuring staff are equipped to excel. Modeling and demonstration of behaviours and tasks can be key aspects of coaching.

, etc and may be specific to the present demands on an organization’s staff

For our purposes, staff refers to agency employees who are neither managers nor executive directors.

or leadership

When referring to an ‘organization’s leadership’, we mean the board, ED and senior management.

, or may be more broadly relevant to a person’s career goals.