Very briefly, In the UK, I've been asked to sign a document stating I will repay the cost of a training course if I leave the company in the year following it. Am I being unreasonable to refuse to sign the agreement? And accepting this means I won't be going on the training?
I do not intend to leave the company in the near future, however I like to keep my options open at all times especially now, as my personal life is in a severe state of flux.
I'm not convinced the training is necessary, I believe it will benefit my organisation a lot more than it will benefit my career. The training alone is worthless without experience, so if I wanted to use it to leave the organisation I'd have to stay for at least a year anyway to gain some experience in the product. The training is also expensive at £3,000 for a 5 day course.
I understand the companies viewpoint that they do not wish to risk training budget on an employee who may then leave the organisation. However, I believe that it is their responsibility to provide an environment where people do not want to leave, rather than creating clauses to force them to stay. Also, an employee with 7 years service should not be considered a flight risk.
If I refuse to sign the document and don't go on the training it will cause a few problems internally, I am concerned it will stifle my career in the organisation as I won't have the skills going forward to do my job effectively and others who accept the training and the terms will progress above me.
So, am I being unreasonable? Needlessly antagonistic? I've been told this is a 'standard' requirement 'these days', is that true?