CPD: More Important Now

The Importance of Continued Professional Development

The events of the last couple of years have highlighted how important it is for all of us, as both employers and employees, to be prepared for anything. Being resilient means having the skills to bounce back from challenges and one of the best ways of being prepared is through Continued Professional Development (CPD), which helps enhance skills and knowledge in current roles, as well as prepare for further career development.

In this article, we discuss the importance of CPD and how to approach it to ensure that everyone benefits from it.

Why is CPD important?

The notion that we train once for our career, get a job, and then never need to learn another thing is outdated and archaic.

The idea of CPD originated after WW2, when a growing reliance on technology and a more litigious environment highlighted a need for workers to undertake further structured learning beyond formal qualifications. Until this time, it was assumed that professionals would carry out further training voluntarily.

Initially formally introduced in the construction industry, CPD has now spread widely throughout all industries and sectors.

Ongoing training is important:

  • To ensure that staff remain compliant
  • To ensure that staff remain competent
  • To facilitate career progression
  • To enable staff to carry out their role to the highest possible standard
  • To maintain the validity of qualifications


CPD is particularly important in areas such as healthcare and education.

For those working in healthcare, it is crucial that staff are up to date with the latest practices and regulations, to enable safe and effective patient care. CPD also acts as a valuable refresher, and helps staff maintain a level of ability.

In education, at all levels, CPD provides staff with the opportunity to optimise their provision as educators, delving into new areas of topics, updating their knowledge or exploring alternative teaching methods.

Who’s responsible for CPD – Employee or Employer?

The truth is that everyone, both employers and employers, are responsible for facilitating and carrying out CPD courses to enable staff to maximise their performance.

Employers must ensure that they provide learning opportunities to staff members, identifying where workers might need further training to fulfil a role, as well as providing access to the training.

It is the employee’s responsibility to carry out the training itself, and identify areas where they might require CPD.

It is now widely felt that continued learning is beneficial for both employers and employees in all roles, so it is in everyone’s best interest to support and conduct CPD.

What kinds of CPD options are available?

CPD can be carried out in a variety of formats, both in person and online. While traditional training days still happen, the impact of the pandemic has meant that online training has become more commonplace, with high quality CPD courses available from a variety of sources.

With the changes to the labour market, as well as in society in general, leading to flexibility within the workplace, employers who show a forward-thinking attitude to CPD are more likely to attract and retain the best candidates.

And in an increasingly competitive job market, workers are encouraged to view training as a way to stay relevant, employable and improve standards in their role.

JMK Online Training Courses

JMK is pleased to announce that we will soon be offering our own range of online CPD courses to enable those working in healthcare and education to enhance and maintain their skills.

In some instances, these courses will be made available to our clients for free, but all will be available to workers at a huge 90% discount, at just £4.99 per course.

Watch this space for further information!


Since 2002, JMK have been compliantly consolidating back-office, accountancy and payroll functions. 

We have evolved to provide a range of expert services; such as Professional Employer Organisation (PEO), or Back Office Support (BOS) or Funding, becoming a leading provider to the contracting industry.

We know every agency is different in some shape or form, even if only by a little, but important bit. Combining our knowledge and experience of multiple sectors enables JMK to support you all from recruiters and payroll, through to finance, compliance and management.

With JMK as your trusted partner, even the smallest team can process the largest payroll, regardless of payroll type.

Have a look at the wide range of services our Professional Employer Organisation (PEO) or Back Office Support (BOS) can provide to you and your business, it is far more than just payroll and finance.

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