Employee benefits are dwindling during the pandemic, and gone are the days of drinks on a Friday and gift vouchers for good performance. As employees, we understand the need for budget cuts and reducing expenses during the pandemic, but what if there was something that could benefit both you and the company?
Training is crucial to every element of any business, and ensuring this is ongoing provides value to staff and directors. If you’re missing your usual employee benefits, why not ask your manager if they are willing to invest in training courses that have been accredited by the CPD Standards Office. As there are numerous courses available throughout the internet, here, we will talk about the importance and benefits of ensuring courses have CPD accreditation.
What Is CPD Accreditation?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and providing accreditation to these courses means they have been independently verified to ensure students are getting valuable, true information and will finish the course with the tools they require and expect.
With the e-learning industry set to be worth $315 billion by 2025, it has led to courses springing up across the net, some with misinformation or content that doesn’t align to the expectations of students. This is why CPD accreditation is crucial; to help you know your investment of both time, money, and effort is worth it. However, this isn’t the only benefit of CPD accreditation with online learning, here are some of the top reasons why you should choose these courses.
They Help You Progress
Your current role may have hit a stand-still during these difficult times, so attempts for promotions or pay rises may have gone amiss. There is also only so much you can do to learn on the job, especially during lockdown, and advice and training from colleagues, as well as face-to-face, organized training sessions are no longer available.
Undertaking these training courses online, on the other hand, can give you the skills and knowledge you need to argue your case with your managers to get the progression you deserve. Conversely, you may be looking for a career change and getting your foot in the door of a new sector can be incredibly challenging. If this is your goal, your CV may not have the relevant skills or experience and this can lead to recruiters ignoring your application, especially if you are applying for a competitive role.
Stating in your covering letter that you have undertaken CPD accredited courses within the sector you have applied for shows that you not only have knowledge of the industry but you also have a keen interest in working within it.
Learn on Your Own Time
One of the biggest barriers to furthering our education is the lack of time to do so, as even online seminars, webinars, and even formal education are set to strict schedules.
Full-time jobs, family life, and social commitments can impede our chance to learn and having to work learning in around these commitments can be challenging. Thankfully, CPD accredited courses can be completed at your own pace, at any time of day. Not only can you do this at any time, but you can also complete them wherever is convenient for you. CPD courses are mobile and tablet friendly and many are available on apps, meaning you can progress with your education even quicker.
Ten minutes on the bus, half an hour while in front of the TV, this time all adds up swiftly and gets you closer to completing your courses.
It Scores Points with The Bosses
We all want to please our managers and directors, so what better way to do so than to take hold of our own training? While you may be taking these courses for your own gain, it does also benefit your business. Your new-found knowledge can be applied to your work to improve both efficiency and quality. It can aid in training your colleagues and new starters, and could even inspire bosses to implement these same training courses throughout your team. This way, everybody is at the same level.
Gives You Access to The Experts
Unlike some courses, CPD accredited courses come with access to professionals and experts in your field of study. In addition to that, throughout the course, you can reach out to these experts for clarity or even more in-depth answers to some of the course content. But this access doesn’t stop upon completion of your training course. You can still contact them long after.
Forums are also created for those who have completed the course, and who may have gone on to undertake higher-level training courses. With this tool, you can discuss anything with like-minded people within your same field. Next time you are struggling at work with projects, instead of having to pay for someone to advise, you can simply ask the experts online, free of charge! It can even help you create a network of professionals in a new sector, which could lead to you landing a new role.
It Keeps You Interested
We’ve all been there, working in a sector we once had a passion for, but now things may have become a bit stagnant. Undertaking a CPD course means you will be getting the latest information in your field, much of which even company directors may not have been aware of. Your curiosity will be heightened and can give you that same feeling of excitement on your first day of work.
At the end of your course, there are always suggestions for what you can do next within the CPD program. These may be titles you never even considered and can open an entirely new area of your profession.
The above are just a few of the reasons why you should ensure that the e-learning courses you take are CPD accredited. With conventional training placed on hold for the foreseeable future, it’s time to take your progression into your own hands and further your knowledge.