Human resource training and
appropriation funds human resource training and development programs.
According to the Civil Service Commission’s website: “The State of
Michigan Department of Civil Service Division for Human Resource Training and
Development (HRTD) provides training and development services to classified
state employees. HRTD staff serve as consultants and project managers who are
available to assist agencies with staff training and development.”
Although individuals may sign up for classes on their own, in most cases
the employing department will pay for the classes.
Legislature could eliminate centralized training and development classes for
state personnel. Many of the
courses offered, such as, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,”
“Writing Advantage,” or “Boosting Your Creativity and Imagination,” can
and should be taken in the private sector by any employees wishing to upgrade
their own personal and professional skills, and at their own expense.
There are also thousands of inexpensive books that teach the same lessons
found in these civil service courses for those people interested in such
lessons. Even if every class were specifically related to job
training, this need not be state funded. Employees
have their own incentives — pride of work, opportunities for advancement, for
instance — to constantly upgrade their job skills and do so at their own
expense. Savings: $3,518,025.