Dependant Progress Training and Development Directive
British Forces Germany is fully committed to ensuring that all dependant employees are given the opportunity to be trained and developed for the posts they hold, enabling them to become as effective as possible and contribute to the achievement of BFG's mission. Unless the Dependant's needs are identified and they recieve the proper training, BFG cannot fully benefit from the skills and contributions made by Dependant employees.
In implementing Land Command’s civilian training policy BFG has produced this Progress, Training and Development Directive as a guide to all Dependant employees and their Line Managers(LM), be they military or civilian. Additional guidance is available from LEC Support Services (LEC Sp Svcs),HQ British Forces Germany (HQ BFG), LEC Training Wing and Labour Support Units (LSU).
Individuals have a right to be listened to, consulted about, and trained in the work they are called upon to perform. The aim of this instruction is to regularise the process and thus provide assurance that it is being carried out correctly. In order to ensure that this happens the process comprises of the following:
- A full job description (example is at Annex A) to be provided by the unit at the beginning of the employment.
- An annual review of the duties required of the individual between the LM and the employee. This provides the opportunity for both the LM and employee to agree a set of realistic objective targets, assess any training and skill requirements and comment upon the employee's progress.
- The recording of noteworthy experiences and any qualifications achieved during the period. It can also provide a useful reference source for future LM and for the writing of References and CVs.
- A mid term review between the LM and the employee is essential particularly when potential problems become apparent from trying to comply with the job description or objectives.
- To agree a way forward.
- To evaluate from employee feedback the usefulness of training provided.
This policy details the minimum requirements for all units employing Dependants. Where specialist units or Agencies wish to use professional appraisal systems that exceed the requirements of those listed above then they are to request authority from LEC Sp Svcs to be wholly or partly exempt from these procedures.
It should be noted that Dependant employees are not compelled to take part in the Appraisal scheme however it does afford the individual employee with an ideal opportunity to discuss any training and development needs with their Line Manager.
Recent surveys have indicated that in excess of 80% of Dependant employees find the Appraisal scheme to be beneficial.