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Continuous Professional Development…?
Continuous Professional Development (CDP) is a well-known term used in public sector organisations, where employees are encouraged to upskill, re-train, re-educate themselves on a continuous basis so as to stay up-to-date in the area of their job / career that they specialise in. These training interventions can have durations of a number of hours where employees are updated / briefed on a new policy / procedure / standard, to a day, to a few days, to a week or indeed a curriculum year where people pursue a part-time Certificate, Degree or Masters Course. Most of the time, the public sector fund the courses bringing in external trainers / facilitators or using internal trained employees to deliver new knowledge and learning. These CDP courses should always be respected, accepted and attended as they can have significant benefits to people in the future:
- Increase knowledge and expertise
- Increase confidence
- Enhance job / career opportunities
- Personal development
- Provide network opportunities
- Encourage more new learning
- Enhance internal / customer service
Most of the CDP courses in the public sector are usually compulsory to attend.
It is just as important for people working in private sector and self-employed to continuously learn, develop and stay abreast of new technologies, initiatives, changes in their area of discipline. It can be more difficult for these people to attend and commit to these CDP courses compared to the public sector due to many reasons:
- Not compulsory to attend
- Nobody to cover
- Specialist area of expertise that only this person(s) have
- Level of workload
- Time constraints
- Budget constraints
- Generic nature of some of the courses
But, again like the public sector, people working for themselves or in the private sector will also gain from upskilling, re-training and re-educating:
- Increasing knowledge and expertise.
- Increasing confidence.
- Enhancing job / career opportunities (either internally or externally).
- Personal development.
- Providing network opportunities.
- Encouraging more new learning.
- Enhancing stakeholder expectations.