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Professional development - recognition by employers

Connect, no. 120, September/October 2002, p.6

There is a marked increase in the backing given by employers towards structured professional development for their staff. This is the finding from a recent survey by a major engineering institution.

Employers support mainly CPD-related activities, with over two thirds of those surveyed having structured appraisal systems and time allowed for relevant training.

This trend is generally restricted to large employers. Staff in small and medium-sized companies usually have to take responsibility for their professional development themselves. Raising awareness of the added value of having competent, professionally qualified staff is going to take longer to get established in smaller organisations.

However, only one in five employers has a professional development scheme accredited by a professional body, and only one in three maintain professional development records, required for example by those registered with Investors in People.

With the need for evidence of structured initial professional development for new graduates aiming to achieve Chartered/Incorporated Engineer status, more employers are going to find it important to develop and maintain formal professional development schemes if they wish to recruit and retain professional staff.

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