How Important is CPD?
Continued Professional Development (CPD) is knowing as the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience a person undergoes. It can be gained both formally and informally as you work or in your own time, beyond any initial qualifications you already have. It’s a record of what you experience, learn and then apply.
To some Continued Professional Development is seen as a ‘ticky box’ exercise in order to remain compliant or up to date with industry standards. However, lets look at it for what it really is. Let us talk about the importance of CPD and how it can really benefit an individual, their career or an employer.
CPD for an individual
Continued Professional Development is in place to make sure that an individual has the opportunity to enhance their skills and abilities for their job role. It allows an individual to focus on what specific skills and knowledge they require to progress. It will help to grow their confidence and improves at their jobs.
With more and more people entering industries with the similar academic qualifications CPD has become a quick fix to keep you that one step ahead. They can use it as a way to remain competitive with his or her peers, and as an opportunity to differentiate themselves at times they may be require, such as in job interviews or in tenders for new work and business acquisition.
When individuals oversee their own CPD it puts them in the driving seat of their career development and work-related ambitions, showing they are striving for the best, maybe pushing for that promotion.
CPD to the employer
There is a common misunderstanding with some employers that Continued Professional Development takes too long to complete resulting in too much time “out of the business” for employees. These days, that is just not the case.
The flexibility of CPD has drastically increased in the recent years, but the way of thinking has not.
With the introduction of online learning, short courses and half-day workshops, as well as distance learning and educational exhibitions. CPD has become so much more readily available to employers. Making the time out of the business so much less.
Many employers have started to take a proactive approach to CPD. This is because they have recognised the benefits of a more highly skilled, motivated and committed workforce. Also, giving employees the chance to spend some valuable time and attention on the important areas of development will make them feel more valued by their employer.
As the importance of Continued Professional Development to employers is constantly growing, some even create specific CPD plans for their employees to follow. A planned approach to CPD gives direction and structure for the employee allowing them to have an idea of the end goal. It also shows the employers commitment to investing in them.
Speak with Vortex
If you are an individual or an employer interested in the Continued Profession Development Vortex has to offer, please get in contact with us to discuss the CPD packages we have available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0191 432 4401.