Why Training and Competence Matters

One of the phrases that’s been mentioned a lot about the Covid-19 pandemic is that it’s giving organisations a ‘chance to think differently’ about what they do, and how, where and when they do it.  It’s one of those clichés that just seems to be stating the obvious, but how many of us have considered how it will affect the way that we train our staff and monitor their competence in the future?

In the past, CPD has been seen by many people as a chore – a record that needs to be completed in order to satisfy regulatory or professional requirements, often with a focus on the consequences of not recording or completing it rather than considering the benefits.

CPD is essential. CPD is a regulatory requirement for many of us. CPD is about more than that.

If you spend even a few minutes searching for articles about the effects of training and development, you’ll see a clear theme emerge from studies that have been carried out across many industries and professions, and indeed across the world. In a nutshell, successful training and development plans lead to more content employees, which in turn often leads to more productive employees.

Now substitute the term CPD for ‘training and development’.

By working with your colleagues and the individuals that you are responsible for managing, and developing a clear understanding of their training needs, and the learning opportunities required to address them, you have the power to unlock their potential and bring additional value to your business.

Training and development can take place in a myriad of different forms – whether via online learning, independent study, participation in webinars, mentoring colleagues, or even writing training material for others.

Transforming a training record in to a high quality CPD record requires you to take things a step further, and as well as recording what you are doing and why you are doing it, it adds crucial reflection on what you (and your organisation) have got out of your activity.

On the Aviva Development Zone, we want to make this process as simple as possible. We recognise that it can sometimes be challenging to remember to record everything that you’ve done, let alone add reflections to your records. That’s why we provide additional tools such as the CPD Mentor to help you identify and fill in potential gaps in your CPD records and ensure that you’ve recorded all of the necessary details. We even help you demonstrate how you meet some of the regulatory criteria, by helping you link individual entries to elements of the IDD.

To help you get the most from the Development Zone, we’re launching a new and exciting range of support materials as part of our next update at the end of August. These will include our brand new DevZone Academy, which will be available to all learners, and will provide support on a wide range of topics – from recording and improving your CPD record, right through to using some of our exciting custom content formats to develop your own training material.

We’re with you at every step of your CPD journey and are committed to providing you with the tools to transform your training and development programmes into high quality CPD records.

About the author

After gaining a degree in Computer Science, Tim spent nine years teaching in a number of secondary schools (11-19 year olds) in Wales.  For the majority of his time teaching, Tim led a highly successful team of teachers delivering vocational ICT qualifications and reached the level of Associate Assistant Headteacher before leaving teaching.  He has also been a senior examiner and moderator for one of the UK's largest awarding bodies.  Since 2013 he has been the senior developer for the Development Zone.

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