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Continuing Professional Development news - an update

Connect, no. 118, May/June 2002, p.6

Professional Development comes of age

Professional Development is of central importance to individuals, employers, and to the engineering profession and requires priority attention by the new Engineering Technology Board. These are the key messages from the Engineering Council Professional Development Forum at a recent meeting celebrating 10 years of its achievements.

The Forum was formed in 1991 to help share information and experience between the engineering institutions. In addition to meeting regularly, members have produced guidance in both Initial and Continuing Professional Development, and sponsored a number of conferences. The Forum has been very useful as a sounding board for a range of issues related to the development of professional staff and the Forum continues to be valuable in harnessing the common interests of the institutions.

It has highlighted the need for employers to support their staff in their lifelong development, recognising its contribution to business success and the need for action to encourage development of non-technical skills. The Forum believes that it has a useful role to play in the new Engineering Technology Board/Engineering Council UK arrangements.

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