CPD is a high priority according to BCS survey

17 September 2012

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:

  • 2 in 3 respondents / IT professionals commit to less CPD than they would like
  • 3 in 5 find financial constraints a barrier to CPD
  • 1 in 3 reported a reduction in available funds for attending courses and networking events
  • 1 in 3 now have less time in their working day for CPD activities
  • 2 in 3 service management practitioners find it difficult to identify CPD activities to meet their development goals
  • 1 in 3 feel their employer does not help them in their CPD planning

David Evans, Membership Director explains: “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.”

David adds: “As the Chartered Institute for IT we will continue to support IT professionals through these transitions. Professional development is enshrined in our code of conduct. We have a long history and commitment to driving professionalism within the IT industry through professional standards such as Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status, resources, tools, and opportunities for development. To add to these we have developed a new portal that brings together CPD guidance and signposts to development material making it easier and more accessible for those who need to plan and meet goals themselves, with or without a budget.”

The new CPD portal provides guidance in the different types of CPD activities that IT professionals can consider, how they can source resources and CPD activities to help them meet their development goals, and career pathway guidance to help identify potential career goals (for those who need guidance in this area).

David continues: “Our aim is to better empower IT professionals to identify the different activities that bring benefit and can be considered to be CPD activities; a mix of both traditional training and seminars, and other networking, self-study and in-job tasks. We believe that, depending on the development goal, the associated CPD activities that bring real benefit may not involve large amounts of time away from the normal working environment. Smaller bursts of high benefit CPD activities may bring real and evidential benefit - so helping mitigate time commitment challenges.”

The CPD portal can be accessed at www.bcs.org/cpd

* The survey was conducted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, between Friday 3 August 2012 and Wednesday 22 August 2012. 736 workers within the IT profession took part in the survey. For profiling, the respondents were asked to indicate their age, employment status and position. The declared ages of respondents were Under 25 (2%), 25-34 (15%), 35-44 (29%), 45-54 (31%), 55+ (23%). 76% of respondents identified themselves as in full time employment, 11% as self-employed, 4% in part time employment, 3% retired and 1% in full time education. The remainder identified they were not currently working. Respondents, who identified they were working, were requested to identify their position (within a range of choices). Rounding has been used within the results of this survey.

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