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It's sometimes difficult getting the Manager to pay for training....especially when based on a client site.
Every individuals career lenght and training path is essentially linked to the duration of the contract with the client..

When are you coming to South Africa to host a SQL Saturday? ;-)

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Ditto on when are you coming to South Africa Smile

My company only generally attends one conference annually: Microsoft DevDays.
Interesting: its always been free before, but this year there is a cost.
I think its to make people serious about attending,
because often people would say they were coming, and then didn't,
frustrating for those who wanted to go but couldn't because it was "full".

Other than that, I have found an online resource that makes a whole lot of sense:
http://www.safaribooksonline.com
For a monthly fee you get access to, on the plan we are on, up to 10 books.
Considering programming/IT books are generally minimum $100 each in South Africa,
and they become out of date before you take another breath,
I think this service works really well.
Its cost effective, takes up no space on your self,
and can be shared by staff members,
and you can always get access to the latest books.

This is what we use for training, and it works really well Smile

if you don't have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over ?
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I'm really lucky in that our company has a good policy on training and we generally have quite a healthy budget. The only difficulty I have is when I want to do some training for myself or for the guys in my team that is perhaps crossing the boundaries of our immediate remit of work. But if I can make a good enough case for the training then I can usually press on.

One of the biggest problems I have though is finding good quality training (which seems to be more difficult to find these days since the economic downturn).
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Like Phil, my company has a healthy attitude to training; indeed it's an integral section of our regular formal performance reviews. That means, of course, that if either manager or employee spot a training need, it's documented. Come next review, if the training hasn't been forthcoming and has affected performance, that's also documented.

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+1 on coming to South Africa! :-)
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I have had success by putting the request on an annual review. Especially if there is a section that asks what your manager can do for you.
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I've also been lucky to work for a company that is pretty good about training (although that's changing a bit). But the one thing I do, any time I can, is point out exactly where I recieved a piece of information that helped the company. If I read a book that had information we needed, I point out that book. If a session I attended at PASS showed information that we used, I make sure everyone involved knows where that information came from. I can't tell you that works to ensure I keep receiving training, but it has to accumulate to show the use of training.

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Henrico Bekker (3/18/2010)
When are you coming to South Africa to host a SQL Saturday? ;-)


Silly question, but why does someone international have to come down here to organise an event?
Of the three people asking for Steve to visit, how many are based in JHB/PTA?

I've been nagging Steve to visit for years. He's scared of the flight. :-D


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Those of you in SA, band together and work out a SQLSaturday on your own, that doesn't require Steve's involvement. I see at least three volunteers here alone, and know that there are more of you on the forums...

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