New 'Workskills' Program for U.Va. Front-Line Workers Started Feb. 21

February 22, 2007

Feb. 22, 2007 -- On Feb. 21, 18 front-line employees of U.Va. gathered for the first-ever class meeting of a new Human Resources program, “Essential WorkSkills: Steps to Success in Your Job,” that will teach fundamental skills and ideas for workplace success and an increased understanding of how the workplace operates. The new program was co-developed with AchieveGlobal, a worldwide workforce training company used by more than 400 Fortune 500 companies.

The classes will incorporate small group exercises, games and real-life examples from home and work to help participants learn and apply practical skills, such as speaking with confidence and defusing emotionally charged situations, and asking questions to get the information you need to succeed.

Successful completion of the program earns the employee a certification of achievement and a one-time, base salary increase of $600 per year.

 “I am really excited about this new program. It’s a great way to start off 2007,” said Susan Carkeek, chief human resource officer at the University. “Our front-line staff are key to the success of the University. This program is one small way we can recognize their importance and express our appreciation for all their hard work. It also gives our staff an opportunity to grow and develop on the job. To that end, ‘Essential Workskills’ is an investment in the University’s workforce.”

The program is targeted to newly hired and established salaried employees in entry level positions (typically Pay Bands I and II), individuals new to or re-entering the workplace, or those joining a large employer for the first time. The employee must be nominated by his or her supervisor to participate. To be eligible employees must have completed at least six months' service at the University and have achieved at least a "Contributor" rating in the probationary progress review.

There is no cost to the department or employee for the training program. The inaugural offering of the program will run for 13 weeks, from Feb. 21 to May 23, 2007. The seven class sessions will meet every other Wednesday for a half-day (five hours each).