Continual Professional Development (CPD) enables our workforce to continuously adapt to the changing needs of the historic environment. A professional who embraces training and development tobuild their skillset,also helps to ensure our historic environment is looked after for generations to come.
CPD can be anything that broadens your knowledge, understanding or experience, professionally or personally. It can include:
workshops or seminars
In these pagesyou will find some opportunitiesfrom across the sectorto broaden your skills, knowledgeand networks.
Also remember to check your local heritage trust and organisations to see what training and Continued Professional Development (CPD) events they deliver. Explore various professional associations relevant to people who work in the historic environment.
increase your visibility as an expert in your field
build a network of peers to support
keep your knowledge and skills up to date
develop your ability to influence and lead
Creating a professional development plan can help you with this. This could be discussed as part of your formal reviews at work, or be a personal plan you create for yourself. It should contain the skills, strategy and education you need to achieve your goals.
Recording professional achievements
As you build your experience and skills, remember to record your development. This is important to be able to demonstrate your skills to existing and potential employers, in addition to giving you a chance to reflect and celebrate your achievements.
The Engine Shed is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and National Open College Network (NOCN).
The Engine Shed has been supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to share knowledge of traditional building materials, develop skills and raise standards in conservation for traditional buildings.