This topic is therefore a fixed agenda item on the agenda of each annual consultation. Your manager may propose a training programme, but you can also indicate that you want to take a training course. The Training Facilities scheme provides more information on the provision of facilities for training and the possible reimbursement of costs.
Professional development days
As a VU Amsterdam employee, you are also entitled to at least three professional development days each year, in accordance with article 6.10(1) of the Collective Labour Agreement, during which you can take a training course in order to stay up-to-date with current practice or to acquire new skills. But you can also use the days to gain short-term experience in a different position at VU Amsterdam or in the outside world, or to work on personal development with a view to enhancing your career and future job prospects.
You are also allowed to save up unused professional development days, as long as you put this in a written agreement before the end of the year, and after discussing it with your manager or supervisor. If such an agreement is not put in writing, the unused days will expire at the end of the calendar year. Professional development days are not holiday leave and cannot be cashed in. Unused development days expire when your employment contract expires.
Training courses at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
VU Amsterdam has its own high-quality and diversified course offerings to support you in your work and in realising your career goals.
Different types of courses and programmes
If you want to take enrol in a training course or programme because your work requires it, you have to answer a number of questions first:
- which course/programme do I want to enrol in?
- how much does the course/programme cost?
- how long does the course/programme last?
- will I be able to complete the coursework during working hours?
Once you have figured this out, discuss your desired educational programme with your manager.
There are three types of training available, each with its own rules and procedures. You can find them below.