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Personal Development


I have posted a question similar and i do get the same response.

I am new to the industry and have a wealth of responsibility on my side. I am young and have so much passion for training. I am building up a good wealth of experience too.

However, i am with a company who do not see training as an investment, more of a burden.

I am seeking ways to gain qualifications etc for my own development in my career.

CIPD and CTP come up but i dont have 7000 pounds to spend and i work 9-5 monday to friday.

Oliver Beck

4 Responses

  1. CIPD
    Hi Oliver

    May I ask where you are getting that £7000 figure from? Have a look at your local colleges where you can get either day or night courses.

    I done my certificate in training practice for £568 plus membership to CIPD through a college in Bristol. If you do the home study option, or a shortened version i.e. do it in 6 months rather than a year, it does tend to push the price up.

    Hope this helps, good luck mate


  2. Low cost Trainer development?
    Hi Oliver
    You have a number of options available to you.

    What type of trainer would you like to be?
    Technical or soft skills?

    as there are other routes available.

    One route is to do the ‘adult teaching certificate’ this is available through your local adult education service and may cost as little as £100 and take 6 months.

    This is the qualification the colleges are looking for in people that run courses for adults so a good place for you to start. ( a good start for technical or soft skills)

    The other option is to build your underpinning knowledge & do a psychology course, and balance that with reading train the trainer books and complete a low cost presentation skills course.

    There are probably as many routes to ‘credibility’ are there are trainers on this network so there is no need to believe that the CTP is the ONLY way it is not.

    Other alternatives are to explore the charity & voluntry sector – if you give time to them they will train you for free. This way you not only get a qualification, you also get experience and feedback on your development.

    NOW ther BIG question – if your employer is not supportive – and they appear not to meet your aspirations & values – why are you still there? What about looking for a new employer that will support your goals. Because even if you get a qualification in your current role you will not build experience and that is what it is all about.

    Train the trainer is a bit like learning to drive – when you get your license that when you learn to drive – with training the qualification can give you a structure and confidence – everything else is experience.

    I wich you well on your journey
    Mike Morrison
    RapidBI – Rapid Business Development

  3. CPD options
    Oliver – As Rich says local colleges offer CIPD accredited courses at much lower cost than CIPD’s own commercial arm, and also VQ options. Suggest you need to do a bit more research around how to achieve your objectives – managing your own CPD comes with the territory if you want to become a development professional. You may also want to look at learn direct’s “learning through work” or career d3velopment loans if funding is an issue.

  4. SVQ
    Hi Oliver,

    Depending on which industry you are working in you may be eligible to do a Scottish VQ which is fully funded under the Modern Apprenticeship scheme. This may be transferable to an National VQ, it will do no harm to ask! There should also be an English equivalent to this and you should be able to find out from your local enterprise agency which training providers have funding for courses.

    I think the 4 industries currently receiving funding (in Scotland) are finance, construction, tourism, I can’t quite remember the last one.

    I done mine online through Training Matters in Glasgow, their courses in learning and development are Platinum (level 3) and GOLD (Level 4). Go to and fill out an enquiry form. They have online portfolio’s so it won’t matter which part of the country you are in too.

    Hope this helps, keep learning and
    G oals
    R eality
    O ptions
    W ill

    Geraldine Howley


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