Independents’ institute

Self-employed training professionals could set up their own professional body.

That may be one outcome of what web-based trainer community TrainerBase (TB) called “a level of dissatisfaction with the current training and HR institutes.”

Spokesman and founder Peter Mayes said a recent members-only survey found 72% of 400-plus respondents to an online survey thought there should be a new institute for trainers.

Mayes said many independents are “primarily” unhappy with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). He said this stems back to its creation from the merger of the Institute of Training and Development and the Institute of Personnel Management in the late 1990s. He added that some independents think the CIPD is “too HR oriented”.

Mayes said he had been asked by TB members to form a trainers’ institute, which would be “run by trainers for the benefit of trainers”. It would focus on business issues and continuous professional development.

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