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The CPD Gorgon rears it's ugly head again

How sad to see the Gorgon's head of 'formalised' continuing professional development (CPD) being held up to bureaucratise us all into stone. As engineers, we use reason and logic to deal with practical matters and fundamental to this is answering the question: 'What is the problem?' Without this, we can do nothing.
So I ask: "How many "undeveloped" members do we have?" When we have an answer to that then we should find out the problem the pose to the institution and society, take them in hand, in a civilised professional manner, and sort the matter out.

If the question cannot be answered then there is no problem and introducing formal CPD on the vague supposition that it might winkle out any dated souls or "do us all good" is ludicrous, insulting, and a waste of time and money. All it becomes is the kind of bureaucratic farce much loved by the hordes of jobsworth "managers" currently plaguing industry and government.

Approved courses will be held, easy to use forms prepared, boxes ticked, targets set, and "personal diaries" accumulated – all of which will say nothing at all about your development.

As a senior institution, and a learned society with a moral obligation to set a standard in society and speak out against folly when we see it, we should set an example to the other institutions by rejecting this idea completely.

ROGER TAYLOR, (M), 16 Rycroft Road, Meols, Wirrall, CH47 9RQ

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