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The Importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

February 2, 2022 – by Mark Towers

What makes CPD important?

The term continuing professional development (known as CPD) describes the type of learning activities that professionals engage in to develop their skills and abilities further.

CPD enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive – this is mediated by the incorporation of vocational, practical into academic qualifications.

It’s an important part of continually making personal improvements even after finishing formal education.

CPD helps to ensure that further learning is progressed in a structured, practical and relevant way to guarantee that there are applied efficiencies to the learning.

What are the benefits of CPD?

At its core, CPD helps individuals, organisations, and entire industries maintain and develop knowledge and skills, but it also helps employees adapt to change.

CPD has benefits for both employees and employers these include:

Upskilling-

Continual upskilling boosts confidence and empowers the individual to become more proficient in their role.

Adaptation-

Equipped with the latest in-demand skills, CPD enables employees to adapt positively to changes in work.

CPD also provides concrete evidence of personal motivation for development, which is useful as leverage in appraisals and job applications.

Improve reputation and foster team spirit-

Businesses can enhance their reputation and boost brand perception by providing CPD for their employees.

Save time and expenditure-

In cases where staff with CPD obligations rely on a professional body,  parent organisations can use outsourced CPD providers if their internal resources are limited.

Most can also be done online in bite-sized modules which makes it easier to complete.

UK Commercial Group find CPD an important part of our team members growth and actively encourage it within our business.

We also host a series of CPD accredited courses which you can access by clicking the Training tab above.

All posts by Tony Earnshaw

Managing Director
Since single-handedly forming the UK Commercial Group a decade ago, Tony Earnshaw has remained at the helm – overseeing the company’s developments and making all of the plays necessary to remain at the forefront of a highly competitive industry.

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