The City of Wetaskiwin has entered into an agreement with NorQuest College to deliver tailored training to City of Wetaskiwin employees. These tailored training solutions will be through the newly established Wetaskiwin City Academy as a result of the partnership.
The goal of the Wetaskiwin City Academy is to help the City to build on employee knowledge to enhance service delivery to the local community.
“We’re excited to partner with NorQuest College, and also aspire to support local training providers through this innovative approach,” says Leah Latimer, Manager of Human Resources with the City of Wetaskiwin. “This community-centric training model will provide increased professional development opportunities for City employees—which ultimately strengthens the City’s service delivery.”
The one-year agreement, starting this year, will establish a centralized training system and strategy to provide consistent training for all employees.
“The City of Wetaskiwin recognizes the significant value NorQuest College provides our community, and this partnership will help ensure that the City’s training and development dollars stay in the community as much as possible,” says Sue Howard, City Manager of Wetaskiwin.
NorQuest will not only clarify development pathways for employees and managers but also support employee training and succession planning and track progress against training goals.
The Wetaskiwin City Academy will offer leadership development, customer service, problem solving, difficult conversations, adaptability, resilience, diversity, psychological safety, Indigenous awareness, proposal writing, and business productivity training.
The City says digital badges and micro-credential certifications may also be earned at the Wetaskiwin City Academy.
“We are delighted to be working with the City of Wetaskiwin to support their development of an empowered and educated workforce,” says Michele Braun, Director of Continuing Education and Partner Solutions at NorQuest College. “This kind of training is critical to cultivating an exceptional and effective workforce, and NorQuest is well-positioned to provide advice, training programs, and support to the City of Wetaskiwin to serve its citizens.”