Today I ran an important IT training session for staff. It’s a training on computer security that has been described by many people who have already done it as very useful.

While it is now mandatory for all new starters, it’s taken nearly 6 months to get it put on a training day schedule so that existing staff can attend without interrupting their normal day.

Less than half the people who were supposed to be there even bothered to show up.

I had one apology.

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8 responses to “Training”

  1. Giles says :

    If it’s a written apology my advice is to frame it.

    Nuff sed.

  2. SchoolTechie says :

    I’d simply disable their accounts if the course is now mandatory until they attend.

    But then again, they are teachers and probably too important to attend…

  3. AngryTechnician says :

    This session was for support staff only. Getting stuff onto the teacher’s training schedule takes twice as long!

    The apology wasn’t written, but it was in advance from someone whose normal hours meant that they finished their day 15 minutes after the session started.

  4. matt hughes says :

    God forbid anyone should work beyond their normal hours!

  5. andyt31 says :

    Same thing happens in the corporate world. Only takes a moment to send a email saying you cant attend.

  6. Sharon Harper says :

    I am offering three times a week – at different times of the day and on different days to cover different peoples’ needs -no one has turned up yet, but they all continue complaining!

  7. Linda H says :

    God forbid under-paid, hourly paid, support staff should attend extra training in their own un-paid time. Schedule it for during lesson time and tell the teachers their support staff have to attend. Then you might get people there. How many times have I had teachers say “I know there’s some kind of TA training today but I can’t let you go as there’s no one to work with {insert name of difficult pupil or group} “

    • AngryTechnician says :

      The particular session I was talking about here was on an INSET day which support staff were contracted and paid to attend (with the exception of the person who apologised in advance). That person aside, the staff who didn’t turn up were simply bunking off work. Oddly enough, I have little sympathy for skiving gits.

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