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Training and Staff Development Policy

The BBFCs Overall Aim

Training and staff development is an important way in which the BBFC can achieve its organisational aims and objectives. The principal purpose of all training and staff development is to make the BBFC more effective at all levels by enabling its staff to work in the best ways possible

Basic Principles

People are the most important resource to the BBFC. Through them, it achieves its aims and objectives, including a high quality of service to its clients.

Improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of staff will have consequential benefits for the functioning of the BBFC as a whole.

The level and quality of provision of training and staff development is a reflection of the value placed on staff, and also affects staff morale.

Training and staff development, therefore, will have high priority. The BBFC will ensure adequate financial and other provision to ensure all members of staff, collectively and individually, receive high quality training and development to assist them to achieve their full potential.


Training and staff development are broad concepts. They cover training events (whether delivered by the BBFC or external agency, at whole staff, team and individual levels); bespoke professional and career development programmes; staff supervision; performance review; coaching and mentoring - all requiring appropriate effectiveness-monitoring.

Underpinning training and staff development are the related processes of:

Staff supervision

Mutually planned and recorded and provided on a regular basis by the line manager (and, for some purposes, peers), for support, monitoring and planning. In the case of a new member of staff, early supervision sessions provide an essential opportunity for mutual auditing of the postholder’s induction, skills and training and development needs.

Staff development review

A specific periodic event designed to evaluate performance and plan actions (including specific individual training plans) to develop knowledge and skills; deriving from, and based upon, regular supervision.


Regular systems for evaluating the effectiveness of training, deriving in large part from staff supervision and staff development review, but also including managerial analysis of training feedback forms.

Training Objectives

The Management Team, through appropriate staff consultation and development review processes, will identify, plan and provide staff training and development programmes as part of the BBFC’s strategy for the achievement of its organisational aims and objectives. Specific aims and objectives will be identified for each programme.

These programmes will cover:

  • Induction (organisational, team and role)

  • Knowledge and skills enhancement

  • Professional and career development

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