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CPD is down to individuals


I found your article on the skills crisis and your employment survey interesting (NCE 13 December 2001). What struck me though, was the section where a quarter of respondents claim they receive no training nor continuing professional development, highlighting a major misconception of what constitutes training and CPD in particular.

While a process of identifying and fulfilling training needs is essential, individuals have to take responsibility for their own CPD. Perhaps those 25% of respondents should consider spending their time reading NCE and other technical journals, discussing issues and topics with colleagues, and attending some of the many evening meetings run by various professional organisations - they can all count towards CPD.

Peter Mansell (M), associate director, Symonds Group, 29-33 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BX

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