BWF launches CPD scheme for joinery and woodworking

Published:  24 September, 2012

UK: The first CPD (continuing professional development) scheme for the joinery and woodworking industry is being launched at W12 (Monday 8 October 2012) by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

Run by the BWF’s Woodworking Industry Training Forum (WITForum), the CPD programme offers all those working within the joinery and woodworking industry the opportunity to develop new skills and to gain recognition for training and personal development.

Dave Campbell, WIT Forum manager, said: “CPD is critical to boosting the professionalism and economic success of our industry. It’s good news for individual employees, including those in non-craft occupations in the industry, because it provides formal recognition for everything they achieve in terms of professional development throughout their career. It’s also critical for employers, helping to support and build a stronger workforce of skilled employees in all occupations across the company, and a framework for the development of companies.”

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) defines continuing professional development as a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that will help someone manage their own learning and growth. The BWF has built on this, forming a user-friendly framework enabling professional development to be accessible to all in the joinery and woodworking industry, whether they are an apprentice or the managing director. Through its simple and straightforward approach, those taking part can achieve professional development while continuing with their daily tasks.

The CPD programme creates the opportunity for participants to make their development personal and unique to them, as they choose the goals they want to achieve. A record is kept of the learning and development hours they have attributed and are recorded in a log book, alongside evidence of their achievements.

Mr Campbell continued: “Through taking part in the CPD programme, we know that workers will gain new skills, be more diverse, be a greater asset to their company and challenge themselves through strengthening their weaknesses.

“The benefits of the CPD programme to companies include employees gaining enhanced skills, and as the programme can link to any existing training and development plan, it will help the business to grow. Being provided with a formal recognition of development, backed up by the Construction CPD Accreditation Service, staff morale will also increase leading to improved productivity.”

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