Employee Development

The GNWT supports a competent and well trained public service, and provision of training and development opportunities that support employees’ ability to effectively and efficiently deliver department and agency mandates to serve the residents of the Northwest Territories.

The Department of Finance coordinates a range of learning and development opportunities for GNWT employees to help ensure employees have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for effective job performance. A regularly-updated Learning & Development Calendar includes a variety of courses and workshops that are facilitated by content experts either employed by the Department of Finance or contracted specifically to deliver the course or workshop.

There are a variety of learning and development opportunities available to employees including:

  • Courses, seminars, sessions on the Learning Calendar
  • Developmental Transfer Assignments
  • Special projects
  • Acting opportunities
  • Working with colleagues to redesign a work process
  • Dealing with a dissatisfied customer or difficult supplier
  • Leading team meetings
  • Leadership Development Program
  • Management Series
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Job shadowing

You are encouraged to speak with your supervisor about specific learning, training and/or development needs and to identify these on your annual learning plans.

Leadership Development Program
Deputy Heads nominate individuals to participate in one of three leadership programs: Emerging Managers, Middle Managers or Executive Senior Managers. Each program consists of four or five two-day modules delivered by instructors from the University of Alberta.

Management Series
The Management Series provides a consistent knowledge base for managers and supervisors in GNWT policies and processes, and offers a blend of mandatory and elective courses. Most individuals delivering the courses are existing GNWT employees with specific technical expertise and experience in the subject matter.  To be eligible for the program, participants must have at least one directly reporting staff member.  For more information, please refer to the following:

Management Series Application
Management Series Guidelines
Management Series Course Checklist