REC launches professional development scheme

The
Recruitment and Employment Confederation has launched a new personal
development scheme that allows its members to have their development formally
recognised by the organisation.

The
continuing professional development (CPD) scheme will initially be voluntary,
and invites members to commit to 20 hours of activity in each membership year.

Activities
that will be recognised by the REC include short course attendance, in-company
training, committee meeting and branch meeting participation and private study.

At
the point of membership renewal, a sample of those participating in the scheme
will be asked to submit evidence to the REC of their CPD activity.

Speaking
about the scheme, Judith Armatage, director of professional development said:
"This is an exciting new initiative from the REC which will encourage
individual members to take responsibility for their own professional
development. Individual recruitment consultants have a fundamental role to play
in raising the standards of recruitment practice and this scheme aims to
provide them with a framework within which to do this".

This
initiative reflects the importance REC places on its members continuing to
learn and develop as consultants. Great focus is often placed, rightly, on
training new entrants to the industry, but if they don’t continue to develop,
there is likely to be a lack of future leaders for the industry, and standards
will suffer.

By Quentin Reade

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