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Section 1 Introduction

Section 2 Benefits of work-based learning

Section 3 Continuing 

Section 4 Professional Development (CPD)

Section 5 Recording Training/CPD 

 

Description:  The purpose of this unit is to enable you to demonstrate improvement in performance as a result of your work-based learning. Present a record/log of appropriate work place training and development evidence for assessment.

Author:  Gates MacBain Associates


Section 1  Introduction

In order to progress in your career you will need to be able to demonstrate that you are developing as a person and as a professional. This requires that you devote time and effort to the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to your profession. This can come from a number of areas such as studying for academic qualifications or attending academic courses, but a major contribution to this development comes from work-based learning.

 



Section 2  Benefits of work-based learning




Aims and Objectives

At the end of this section you should be able to:
  • State the benefits of work-based learning.


In the constructionsite unit Personal Development we looked at Work Based Learning Opportunities, though if you haven’t done that you should visit this unit by clicking on the link below. 

The benefits of increased knowledge, understanding and competence and the level accomplished are largely assessed by consideration of the initial aspirations of the individual and needs of the role for which they are employed. Certainly in order to progress within your job you will need to obtain the appropriate qualifications, knowledge and skills appropriate for the level that you wish to obtain. 

Some companies will support employees with their career development and it is important that the employee displays the desired personal characteristics which will convince the employer of the individual’s commitment and enthusiasm; not only to satisfy the employee’s present role but also the potential of the employee for promotion. It is the individual’s ability to select the required personal characteristics applicable to the situation under consideration rather than display the same characteristics as a continuum, which will enhance their value to the employer. 

The acquisition of academic qualifications and qualifications based upon proof of competence to perform a job will, with increased maturity and experience, improve the reasoning and decision making abilities of an individual and thus result in an increase in performance within the work situation. 

Membership of the professional bodies and the use of designatory letters are a mark of excellence and provide the opportunity to communicate and interact with people sharing a common interest. Service to the professional Institute / institution at local, regional or national level is an opportunity to demonstrate managerial competence. 

Local and regional committees usually comprise all grades of membership from Student to Fellow and early participation in their activities can be a most rewarding learning activity and ensure early recognition of your achievements. Most professional bodies offer courses of training and learning opportunities to provide knowledge and understanding within the specialism they represent and promote. You should be aware of the opportunities that are available.   

You can obtain this information by clicking on the appropriate institute / institution web link below.   Initially click on membership and follow the links provided. Information on CPD is available by direct link to the website in the next section of this unit.  



Websites



Constructionsite Units



Self-Assessment Task

  • Discuss the benefits which can be obtained through work-based learning.





Section 3  Continuing Professional Development (CPD)




Aims and Objectives

At the end of this section you should be able to:
  • Explain the requirements for CPD and the benefits obtained by a person and their organisation.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is the means by which members of professional associations maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives.  CPD is defined as a commitment to structured skills enhancement and personal or professional competence. Details relating to CPD can be found by visiting the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) website linked to below.  


CPD Requirements 

All institutes and institutions require the formal recording of CPD activities and most have a policy which involves random sampling of members CPD records. 

Membership of the professional bodies and the use of designatory letters are a mark of excellence and provide the opportunity to communicate and interact with people sharing a common interest. Service to the professional Institute or Institution at local, regional or national level is an opportunity to demonstrate managerial competence: Though any advancement through the grades of membership will need to demonstrate progression and a commitment to personal development, which can be shown by CPD. 

Local and regional committees usually comprise all grades of membership from Student to Fellow and early participation in their activities can be a most rewarding learning activity and ensure early recognition of self. 

Most professional bodies offer courses of training and learning opportunities to provide knowledge and understanding within the specialism they represent and promote.  

In constructionsite unit Personal Development we looked at types of work based learning, if you haven’t completed that unit you should visit it to gain an insight into the types of work based learning available, a link to it is provided below. 

Work based learning provides experience, proves competence to perform in the workplace and allows the individual to progress at their own rate in the presence of fellow practitioners who can provide mentoring and guidance during the period of career development and subsequently during CPD activities.     


Professional Institutes and Institution Requirements 

All Professional Institutes and Institutions require their members to undertake training and personal development throughout their working lives, this is known as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  


The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) 

CIBSE state that:  

‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a long term commitment. It refers to the ‘systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills'.  

It is about learning and putting into practice new competences year after year, and investing in your future’.  

All members of CIBSE are required by the Code of Professional Conduct to maintain professional competence. The Institution provides clear guidance and support for professional development. Further information on CPD within CIBSE can be found using the CIBSE link below.    


The Association of Building Engineers (ABE)  

The ABE defines CDP as:  

‘The systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout a practitioners working life’. 

It requires all members to undertake and to record the time spent on CPD and to participate in a minimum of 35 hours CPD per year or 105 hours spread over three years.  


The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) 

The Chartered Institute of Building state that:   

‘CPD is a key part of professional life for any CIOB member and underpins the value of the professional qualification’.   

Every member has an obligation under Rule 13 of the CIOB Rules of Professional Competence and Conduct to maintain the currency of the professional qualification through CPD. Full details of their requirement can be found by clicking on the CIOB link below.     


The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)   

The IHE considers that:   

‘Continuing Professional Development is the process that enables YOU to stay ahead in your profession. The key is to be systematic. By taking a structures approach you will be demonstrating an active commitment to your industry and profession through addressing your own individual needs’.   

It defines CPD as:   

‘the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of your skills and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of personal duties throughout your working life’.   

IHE members are obliged to undertake five days a year of structured development to maintain their technical and professional competence.    



Websites



Constructionsite Units



Self-Assessment Task

  • Discuss the reasons that professional institutes/institutions require their member to engage in CPD.





Section 4  Recording Training/CPD




Aims and Objectives

  • At the end of this section you should be able to:
  • Produce a personal Record of Training and CPD.


All training and CPD undertaken should be recorded. The form that this recording takes will vary the individual Professional Institute or Institutions may state their requirements regarding the format of the CPD records to be kept: An example is shown below.   


CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECORD FOR: 

 Dates What you did Proof Why you did this What you learnt
     
     


Academic Degrees, Certificates and Diplomas will prove successful completion of a course and therefore should confirm knowledge and understanding; the completion of a relevant NVQ will prove competence to perform. Most training providers will issue CPD Certificates for any events attended.  These documents provide proof of the education and training successfully completed, which together with the individual’s Curriculum Vitae are signs of personal achievement to an existing and prospective employer or professional Institution/Institute.  

CPD is not just a certificate, CPD comes from a variety of sources, ranging from reading the appropriate journal and magazines to formal academic qualifications.  All count as CPD from a professional Institute/Institution perspective and should be recorded on your record sheet. 



Websites



Self-Assessment Task

  • Produce a personal CPD record and complete it for any training or CPD events that you have attended in the last 5 years.




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