Trainers' body is meeting a need
• I can understand why Jeffrey Brooks has set up an institute specially for training (News, 29 February).
I have been training in the private sector for 10 years, and have nine years' experience in the armed forces. I left the forces in 1990 and started my certificate in training and development in 1993. Once I had finished my certificate I went on to the Diploma in Training Management.
Half way through the diploma - and as a member of the IPD - I realised I was not getting any enjoyment or learning or development from it, so I did not complete the course and cancelled my membership with the IPD.
Why? Since the amalgamation of the two professional bodies under one title - the IPD - training has expanded and specialised to encompass more and more areas of people and organisational development. Personnel has also evolved into a more integrated role, covering training, development, change management, knowledge management, culture management and vocational training to name a few.
Training and development has far outpaced the personnel role in helping the company or organisation to identify and maximise its resources to gain maximum payback for its investment. Training professionals need to have more sources of inspiration and stimulation then personnel professionals, who are usually procedure- or policy-oriented.
I am not saying that the personnel function does not perform a very difficult role very well - indeed, many personnel professionals set the benchmark for other professions to follow. But with two different professions with vastly different needs it is almost impossible for one organisation to meet the needs of both professions, without one or the other profession suffering.
What the training industry needs is a training institute which covers all areas of people development and organisation change, an institute where training professionals in any field or subject can belong - an institute that agrees standards, agrees the best way forward and does not accept second best. Being perceived as the lesser of two professions weakens the professional impact of training on national training initiatives.
Learning and development manager
Infoteam Managed Services
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