Continued Professional Development (CPD) aims to increase skills, knowledge and experience either within a specific job or role, towards future career options or for a change in direction. In some regulated industries (healthcare, accountancy, legal) it is required to maintain a license to practice.


As well as the traditional route of undertaking instructor-led training there are several other ways that this can be done – both formal and informal:

  • Apprenticeships

  • Traineeships

  • Returner’s programmes

  • Internships

  • Graduate development programmes

  • Secondments 

  • Mentoring

  • Reverse mentoring

  • Sponsoring

  • Project work 

  • Volunteering

  • Job shadowing

  • Self-directed learning

  • Attending webinars, conferences, industry events

  • Work-based learning

Simran Chauhan

Graduate, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind


I'm gaining experience in the commercial side of the organisation. It's a steep learning curve, but I'm committed to learning about all aspects of the company, and am grateful for the opportunity to do so in the graduate scheme.


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