Training and Development Options


Training could be required as a result of new technology being introduced, changes in the job related tasks or processes, issues with current performance or because the employee is new to the job.

Cost effective ways you can access external training for your employees include:

  • Contacting local colleges and universities to identify relevant existing programs or creating a program to meet your training needs;
  • Finding existing seminars or conferences that staff can attend;
  • Contacting local employer groups such as Industry Associations, Sector Councils, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade. These organizations provide training to their memberships on a variety of topics (* note there may be a membership cost to avail of assistance through these groups) You can follow this link for a comprehensive listing of business and professional associations in Nova Scotia
  • Using online training or web-based seminars;
  • Having trained employees train other staff;
  • Providing incentives such as tuition reimbursement to employees to attend job related training or education outside of company time;

The government of Nova Scotia provides various support programs to help employers in Nova Scotia to grow and develop the skills and education of their workforce so that it is as efficient and productive as it can be. Information on these programs can be found under the Employer Supports in this section of the Toolkit.

Developing Employees

Development is generally an activity associated with providing existing employees with new skills, abilities and knowledge that will help build their capability within an organization. For instance a developmental opportunity could be cross training between different divisions within an organization so that several employees are capable of covering off in various divisions should the need arise. Development opportunities can be used to assist with promotion and could include programs that help selected employees acquire managerial skills in the event of a managerial opening within the company. Some employers use development as a tool for keeping workers

Methods that employers use to develop employees include:

  • Buddy system – new employees are partnered with a more experienced worker.
  • Job enrichment - working with the employee to add new challenges and duties to the current job.
  • Lateral moves – moving the employee to a new position at the same level of responsibility.
  • Relocation – employee moves to a new facility or community.
  • Rotating jobs or tasks –employees rotate responsibilities with other employees in the company.
  • Coaching – designated staff work with employee to improve their work performance. Coach could be a supervisor, co-worker or an outside consultant.
  • Mentoring – staff act as role models to help an employee understand the organization and explore potential career paths.
  • Committee work – employee serves or takes on the lead of a committee; and
  • Learning plans - employee develops an individual learning plan with their supervisor outlining their responsibilities and goals.