No manager approval required
By Maria Nelson, EWP SPEEA co-director
and Jeanne Blue, EWP Boeing co-director
If you want to take an Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) class, but can’t get your manager’s approval to attend during your work hours,
a new opportunity is coming your way.
EWP has made an effort to move popular
class titles to Saturdays and/or evenings to give
SPEEA-represented employees more options to
access the training to help with their careers.
The effort is gaining momentum this year.
Students attending classes on Saturdays routinely
share they would not be able to attend during the
week because of work commitments and limited
available training budget.
The number of different classes offered each
Saturday could double, and more will also
be offered in the evenings and at lunchtime.
Employees can apply to attend those offerings
without their immediate manager’s approval for
a charge line.
Other off-hour options include the Boeing
Education Network (BEN) presentations, usually scheduled on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to
12:30 p.m., and available to watch after the
broadcast ‘on demand.’
Watch for the EWP bi-weekly email announcing upcoming opportunities and look for classes
which indicate ‘no-manager-approval required.’
Shown here are SPEEA Council Reps, activists and Boeing representatives at the recent Seattle Corridor Partnership kickoff. They discussed issues related to Puget Sound and next steps for this collaborative effort that brings together members
from site-specific partnership teams.
SPEEA-Boeing Partnership at work
Ed Wells Partnership also supports oppor- tunities for SPEEA and Boeing to work together in other ways. SPEEA and
Boeing leaders meet on a regular basis in partnership meetings. Several site-specific partnership
teams meet to discuss workplace issues. This is
intended as a forum for members’ input and
• Everett Roundtable
• Facilities Engineering and Technical
• Commercial Aviation Services (CAS)
• Boeing Defense, Space and Security
In addition, the Partnership Leadership Team,
including SPEEA representatives and senior level
Boeing managers, meet to discuss areas of mutual
benefit. The Ed Wells Joint Policy Board, includ-
ing SPEEA representatives and Boeing directors,
oversees overall governance and approves fund-
ing for Ed Wells, which has a multi-million dol-
of Ed Wells Partnership
How familiar are you with the offerings of Ed Wells Partnership? Take this quiz to find out. Give yourself a point each
time you answer yes.
If you’re a Boeing Prof or Tech, have you:
1. Taken more than one technical training
2. Taken a professional development class?
3. Participated in a book club?
4. Taken an Ed Wells off-hours training
class in the past year?
5. Watched a Boeing Education Network
(BEN) presentation sponsored by Ed Wells?
6. Participated in career coaching or
consulting to help you map out goals
and next steps?
7. Attended a conference with an Ed Wells
grant to cover registration and travel
8. Used the My Ed Wells online tool to
remind you to apply for a class you put
on your ‘watch’ list?
9. Submitted a suggestion for a course
10. Looked at the 2015 course catalog
for classes later in the year?
11. Discussed taking an Ed Wells class with
your manager during your Performance
12. Taken advantage of an Ed Wells program
for the first time between 2013 and now?
12 You might be a good candidate
for Ed Wells Ambassador.
9-11 You areon your way to becoming an
Ed Wells subject matter expert.
6-8 Getting your money’s worth out
of your contract benefit.
4-5 Giving your work and/or career
an extra boost.
3 or less Missing opportunities to learn,
network and expand your career.
My Ed Wells – online tracking tool
My Ed Wells, available on the Boeing intranet, helps you keep track of the courses you have taken and want to take. With the entire year’s catalogue of classes online, you can pick upcoming classes and
put them on your ‘watch’ list. When the registration window opens, you’ll get a reminder email.
If you’re seeking manager approval, discuss your request during a Performance Management
meeting and explain how the learning opportunity could help you on the job.
Ed Wells by
17,000 Participants in 2014
550 Learning events in 2014