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Age is nothing but a number in vocational training

Thursday, 25 Feb 2021

Many people still do not know where Continuing Professional Development (CPD) fits into their goals. As many job roles are being challenged by digital technology, it is important to retrain in the new ways of doing things. When someone is asked to learn a new software or process at work, this is CPD. The formal way to do it is to plan it in advance, and keep it on record. Anyone with a job should maintain their own CPD record – but only some jobs make it a requirement e.g. teaching.

From the pandemic, an endless number of organisations have had to make covid-19 safety training a requirement to allow people to continue working – that is CPD too. CPD is training required for your job role to continue but more often than not, it is subject matter expertise that makes the biggest difference.

For example, when the EU launched GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), to protect people’s internet activity from being tracked without their awareness (amongst many other things), countless professionals were obliged to train up in knowledge of the changes, and skills required to uphold the laws in question.

With these things in consideration, at what age does someone stop learning? People cannot afford to stop learning because change continues to happen.

Even farming practices established for thousands of years must adapt to weather changes and environmental factors – and unfortunately some environmental factors caused by humans.

Apprenticeship training is vocational training at its best. It leads to formal qualifications with serious progression prospects. It is still funded and has an extremely low barrier to entry. You need Maths and English at Level 2 (GCSE Grade C / 4) and even if you don’t have it, the Government will also pay for you to obtain it during your apprenticeship. Age is no barrier. People of all ages are using apprenticeships for their CPD, career progression, change of job, or to pursue new jobs and opportunities that they would otherwise not be able to do.

If you want to enter a new industry, take an apprenticeship route. Commun-IT offers best in class specialist training for creative and digital skills. You can express your interest here: Select the right apprenticeship for you.

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