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Training and development are important in providing skilled, flexible, well motivated employees to deliver a wide range of high quality public services which meet the current and future need of the Island's population. Employees are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning by identifying their own training needs, participating in training opportunities and putting acquired skills and knowledge into practice in the workplace.

Education, training and development opportunities: Many forms of education, training and development are carried out in and for the Department. Providers include professional staff as part of their management role, full-time educators, public service training, Isle of Man College, Isle of Man International Business School, off-Island education institutions and private companies.

Education and Training Centre: A purpose built Education and Training Centre (Keyll Daree) is located opposite Noble's Hospital. A wide range of multi-disciplinary, specialist and generic training and education is offered. Courses are available to all staff that have the appropriate academic entry requirements. Keyll Darree produce a comprehensive prospectus. The Public Service Training Section of the Office of Human Resources produce a training prospectus each year, which details what courses are on offer and what they entail.

Further education: Civil Service staff may be granted financial assistance towards further education if they wish to take distance learning courses or other courses to obtain a qualification, a University Degree or qualifying for promotion.

The Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF): Formerly known as National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ), this is the new UK Government framework for recognising achievement through the award of credit for units and qualifications. All employees are given the opportunity to complete appropriate awards with suitable support and encouragement.

Study leave: This is the period of time agreed with the employee’s line manager when the employee would have paid leave to undertake agreed education, training and development activities in connection with their work for the Department.

Job vacancies: Existing employees can also apply for jobs within the Department, some of which will be for internal applicants only. They will have to inform their line manager before applying for another Department of Health and Social Care job.

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