As Senior HR Advisor at Bhayani Law and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Kathryn Gilbert knows all about how Continuing Professional Development (CPD) can benefit both employer and employee. She tells us how to make things personal – because one size does NOT fit all.

“CPD is a combination of ideas, training and techniques that help to manage learning and growth.

“The overriding focus of CPD is firmly on results – the benefits that professional development can bring both in the workplace and in the real world. One of the most important things to remember about CPD is that one size doesn’t fit all. Wherever an employee is in their career now and whatever it is that is wanting to be achieved, their CPD should be exactly that – theirs.

“CPD is an investment that is made in an employee. It’s a way of planning development that links learning directly to practice. CPD can help to keep skills and knowledge up-to-date and prepare an employee for greater responsibilities. It can boost confidence, strengthen professional credibility and help an organisation become more creative in tackling new challenges.

“The benefits of investing both time and money in the development of an employee can be immeasurable both in terms of the skill base within an organisation but the loyalty that it breeds within an employee.”