CPD is high priority according to BCS survey
According to survey results from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the majority of people working in IT recognise that continuing professional development (CPD) is an important factor in terms of building on skills and growing potential.
However many are unable to commit to it due to financial and time constraints, or difficulties in identifying suitable CPD activities to meet their development goals. The survey co-incides with the launch of the Institute’s new CPD portal.
According to the CPD Trends and Challenges Survey conducted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT:
•Two in three respondents/IT professionals commit to less CPD than they would like.
•Three in five find financial constraints a barrier to CPD.
•One in three reported a reduction in available funds for attending courses and networking events.
•One in three now have less time in their working day for CPD activities.
•Two in three service management practitioners find it difficult to identify CPD activities to meet their development goals.
•One in three feel their employer does not help them in their CPD planning.
David Evans, membership director, explained, ‘With the current economic environment, these results are no surprise, but it is heartening to see that those working in the IT sector recognise the importance of professional development. Barriers to and practices surrounding CPD are changing.
‘There is a trend towards personal responsibility for development where previously employers may have dictated and funded more. The shift towards personal responsibility is positive, but individuals still need support. The added funding challenges could have a silver lining if they steer people to look more broadly at what constitutes development, focusing on outcomes rather than only hours, points or pounds.’