MORE than two million people have taken steps to 'enhance their workplace abilities' over the last 12 months thanks to a Northamptonshire business development company.
First Aid for Pets and Making Maths and English More User Friendly For Primary School Age Children are two of the emerging courses on offer by The CPD Accreditation Group.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities which professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities.
The CPD Accreditation Group, which has a base at Rockingham Speedway as well as a head office in London, certifies training courses offered by industries all over the UK and 21 countries across the world.
Offering a range of learning platforms, employees can successfully develop their skills and knowledge by completing training workshops, conferences and e-learning programs.
Mick Judge, accreditation and quality manager, said: "There are more than 1,000 institutes and professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.
"Accompanied by such growth is the acceptance that academic qualifications must offer more vocational and skills-based or practical learning. A structured, practical and methodical approach to learning helps employers across industries to keep key staff and develop the skills and knowledge in their organisation to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.
"Other 'soft courses' are emerging and being offered to the general public such as first aid for pets being offered by veterinary practices, which by having a third party accreditation, reassures users they are attending a quality course.
"There is an increasing expectation for professionals to undertake CPD regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities."
The CPD Accreditation Group helps organisations formalise knowledge into a structured and recognised approach to meet the increasing expectation for professionals to undertake CPD regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities. Formally certified CPD materials are more likely to become accepted and welcomed by audiences.
Mick added: "Organisations wishing to embrace CPD can display their commitment through membership of The CPD Accreditation Group. Member organisations are advised and encouraged to submit potentially qualifying CPD materials for formal and impartial CPD accreditation by our team of experienced CPD Assessors."
Find out more at www.thecpdaccreditation.group