University and College Union – How your employer can support your continuing professional development
The University and College Union released a practical guide that helps further education staff to understand the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) and how to approach employers to ask for CPD support. It is a comprehensive 20-page guide that provides an introduction to the publication, explains what CPD is and who it will be beneficial for, explains how to approach negotiations with an employer and provides a checklist and further information.
The guide also provides the context for its creation and references the Further Education Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development and Registration (England) Regulations 2007 national agreement, which requires teachers to complete a minimum of 30 hours of CPD each year. The national agreement states that CPD should be beneficial to both the individual and the employer.
Responsibilities concerning CPD are also discussed and the guide describes the need for the individual to engage with their own professional development, as well as to expect commitment to CPD on the part of their employer.
The resource is targeted at those working in Further Education and will be most beneficial for employers and employees considering CPD opportunities.