Professional Development Training Courses
The Office of Workforce Development (OWD) provides information and guidance to planning staff in order to enhance and encourage career development and upward mobility.
The Office of Workforce Development (OWD) offers quality training to Transportation Planners, Planning Staff, and Partner Agencies. The training provides opportunities to Planning Staff to excel and achieve their personal goals, as well as the goals of Caltrans. OWD is responsible for registration, instructor, and classroom costs; the attendees’ District or Program is responsible for any travel and per diem costs.
OWD coordinates with
other districts and divisions with the help of Professional Development
Liaisons (PDLs), who act as a conduit
between Planning staff, management, and OWD. PDLs mentor employees, disseminate
information on training, rotations, and other development opportunities. They
assist in identifying future training needs for the district, and facilitate
and/or conduct college recruitment. Each district/division PDL is the single
point of contact for communication from OWD to the district/division, and is
the person to contact for additional training information.
Training Coordinators disseminate training announcements internally to Caltrans employees and externally to partner agencies. Training coordinators ensure that any existing criteria for attendance in the class are met prior to name submission. Training Coordinators also ensure the selected nominee is able to attend and has approval by his/her supervisor for attendance prior to name submittal.
Training Coordinators and PDLs work hand in hand with one another to provide information and guidance to planning staff to enhance and encourage career development and upward mobility. In smaller districts, one person may act as both PDL and Training Coordinator. In larger districts a PDL and a Training Coordinator may be two separate individuals.