Learning Opportunities for Employees

At Western, we provide a number of internal courses and learning opportunities developed specifically for our employees. Programs are offered by Learning and Development Services and other Western partners.


The following courses are available to Western employees.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. ASIST training at Western is delivered by certified Student Success Centre staff. 

ASIST 11.1 TuneUP

This half-day refresher is for those who have taken the full two-day ASIST training within the last three years. It is designed for improving participant comfort, confidence and competence in using the Pathway for Assisting Life (PAL) and to provide the community with a wider network of support. There is no fee to participate.

Mental Health - Interactive Learning Module

This online module is 30 minutes in length and provides participants with a basic understanding of Mental Health issues and of available campus and community resources. It covers the topics of Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Suicide and Eating Disorders. It is available to all Western students, faculty and staff.

Operational Excellence Series

The Operational Excellence Series supports Western employees who are involved in the administration of people, financial or other processes within an academic or support unit. This is a practical program focused on increasing your knowledge, skills and proficiency in the administrative aspects of your current role.


safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares participants to become a suicide-alert helper. This training will help you recognize invitations for help, engage individuals appropriately, and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. safeTALK training at Western is delivered by certified Student Success Centre staff.

Western Certificate in Management

The Western Certificate in Management (Western CIM) program is for staff and leaders engaged in human resource functions, accounting or finance as part of their role.  Eight courses are offered on a variety of management topics – courses are customized for Western employees. Graduates receive a designation from the Canadian Institute of Management.   The program is delivered by Continuing Studies at Western in collaboration with Learning and Development Services.

Conferences and Forums

A number of large group learning opportunities are provided throughout the year for Western employees.

Western Staff and Leaders’ Conference

Held annually in February, Western’s Staff & Leaders' Conference offers engaging keynote speakers, workshops, and tours of some of Western’s key research and support facilities.  The conference is a great opportunity for staff and leaders from across Western to come together and learn about current issues, trends, and best practices.

Western Leaders’ Forum

The Leaders’ Forum is an opportunity for Western’s senior Academic and Administrative leaders to discuss issues of strategic importance to the University. The Forum provides an opportunity for information sharing, idea exploration, dialogue and feedback.

Professional Network Forum

The Professional Network Forum is an opportunity for Western’s professionals to meet and discuss matters of strategic importance to the University, and to learn about relevant learning and development topics.

Other Learning Opportunities

Western employees have access to a number of additional learning services and resources:

Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children

Western’s Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) is focused on violence prevention, education and research. Online training is available at no cost to Western staff, faculty and students. Course topics include domestic and sexual violence prevention.

Continuing Studies at Western

Continuing Studies offers a large variety of professional development courses, workshops, and certificates to members of the public.  Many Western employees take Continuing Studies courses to further their career development.

Financial Literacy and Pension Planning Workshops & Webinars

Western Pension Plan members have access to many tools, education opportunities and information to help you plan your financial future.

Leadership Development for Those Not in Leadership Roles

Western encourages all of our employees to develop leadership skills - they will serve you well in your current role, future career, and in serving our community.

WTS Non-Credit Computer Courses

Western Technology Services (WTS) provides a regular schedule of computer skills training workshops for employees on a variety of software applications.

Ivey Business School, Executive Education

Ivey’s Executive Education programs offer learning for leaders at a variety of stages in their career. Choose from the Leadership Suite of courses, or target specific career learning with their Focused Programs. Courses are two days to three weeks long and are offered in London or Toronto. Western employees receive a 40% discount off tuition*. Use code EXECED40 in the “Discount Code” field when registering. (*for Open-Enrollment, Non-Partner programs)

Western’s Centre for Teaching and Learning

Western faculty members, librarians, and archivists, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are encouraged to visit this website for workshops, conferences, and courses to advance their teaching and learning practices.

Western Undergraduate Courses

Western offers a large array of excellent undergraduate programs and courses.  This link will help you learn about what is available and how to apply.

Western Graduate Studies

Western’s School of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies is the place to start if you are interested in exploring a graduate degree.

Western Libraries

Western employees enjoy access to over 11 million items offered on-site or online through Western Libraries. Materials may be signed out using a staff identification card; online collections are accessible using your Western username and password.

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