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CUPE - Training & Development

General Info

What is the CUPE T&D Fund?  Each year the equivalent of 1% of the CUPE payroll is set aside for CUPE professional development opportunities. A committee consisting of 3 Admin staff and 3 CUPE representatives manages the fund and are supported by 1 Assistant. The purpose of the fund is to provide eligible union members (temporary and regular CUPE employees) with opportunities to prepare for advancement and promotion within VIU by supporting professional growth and development. The fund is meant to be used for enhancing an employee’s knowledge and skills for a career within VIU. The training must not be required or integral to an employee’s position as this would be paid by the employee’s department.

What is available to you?  You can receive training and professional development in a variety of ways: credit and non-credit courses; workshops and conferences; and funds to cover expenses associated with your professional development activities, such as books and travel.  Funds can be used for on-campus, off-campus, and online opportunities.  Wherever possible, employees are to first explore courses and workshops offered by VIU.

  • $1,500 CUPE Training & Development Training Funds

Each CUPE member may apply for up to $1,500 per year, to be used towards professional development activities. Available annual funds will be allocated as applications are received.

  • Tuition Waiver

All VIU employees (regular and temporary) may register in one VIU credit course per semester at no cost, after the deadline for fee-paying student registration has passed. For the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 terms this deadline was June 4. This is administered by VIU, not CUPE T&D. If you are taking a VIU credit course it is recommended that you apply for a tuition waiver first so that you don’t use your $1,500 of CUPE training funds. Please go to the VIU website for detailed information and a fillable Tuition Waiver Form. The tuition waiver does not cover the cost of the student union fee, so if you don’t want to pay this yourself, you will need to apply to CUPE T&D to have this costs covered.

  • CUPE Professional Development Flyer

A listing of courses is emailed to CUPE members.  The cost of the course you select is covered by the CUPE T&D fund. This is in addition to the member annual funding allotment. Members may take one course out of each flyer published.

The flyer funding allotment has been used for the 2014/15 fiscal year. Watch for further opportunity in the 2015/16 fiscal year.

  • Coaching Program

Coaching provides support to an individual to develop solutions to any issue, challenge or goal in any area of their life.  CUPE members may apply to participate in the Coaching Program and work with a coach to pursue personal and professional goals.  (Participation in this program is in addition to the $1,500 annual funds.) The application deadline for the 2014/15 year was September 5, 2014 and recipients have been selected. Applications for the 2015/16 year will be available in the spring.

  • CUPE Training Events

From time to time, CUPE T&D hosts training events for CUPE members.  These events will be announced by email. These may include career search workshops, customer service workshops, etc.

Please contact Trish Smith (CUPE T & D Assistant) at local 6199 if you have any questions. 


CUPE T&D Fall 2014 Job Search Workshops

The Fall 2014 Job Search Skills workshop series will include sessions in Cover Letter and Résumé Writing, Interview Skills and Building A Work Portfolio. These lunchtime workshops will be held on Nov 13, 17, 18 and 27. Please register for these workshops through InVIU.

Résumé Writing (Nov 13 12-1 pm) Learn how to write a professional résumé that showcases your skills and abilities!

Cover Letters (Nov 17 12-1 pm) Learn to write a cover letter that gets you an interview!

Interview Skills (Nov 18 12-1 pm) Learn how to better prepare for an interview and feel more confident when you are in the 'hot seat'!

Building Your Work Portfolio (Nov 27 12-1) A work portfolio can be a powerful tool in a job interview . . . a tool that can help you to better speak to your skills and accomplishments and stand out from the crowd!

For further details on these workshops, and to register, please go to the InVIU Pro-D calendar.

Office Hours

Office hours are Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm and Thursday 8:30-12:00. The CUPE T&D Office is located in Building 373 (Centre for Shellfish Research), Room 120. The CUPE T&D Assistant, Trish Smith, can be contacted by email:, by phone at local 6199, or in person during office hours (call first!), to answer any of your questions. Check the Committee Tab for other members who can be contacted individually.


The Coaching Program is separate from the individual $1,500 available from the CUPE Training and Development fund. Please contact the T&D office for more information on Coaching and how it can benefit you.

Coaching Program Information

Coaching Application Form (was due Sept 5/14)



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