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Professional Development

Professional Development

Professional Development will keep you interested in your work and ultimately make you more employable.

Commonly known as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), the process of maintaining, improving and broadening knowledge and skills can take the following forms:

> On-the-job training      > Obtaining formal qualifications
> Short courses             > Attending conferences or seminars
> Distance learning        > Activity in the local community
> Acting as a mentor      > Completing an N/SVQ

Your employer should encourage you to participate in CPD - it benefits them as well as you.

The Professional Development - How 2 website contains good information on how to get involved in professional development and also the benefits your employer will gain by supporting you.

There are a number of institutions that have details on their professional development schemes:

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