BTEC Planning for Professional Development (CPD)

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This unit will give learners the opportunity to understand the skills and attributes necessary for employment, the need for professional ethics and professional development, and current issues that impact on professional practice. Learners will also develop their own career plan within the construction and built environment sector.

On completion of this unit a learner should:
1 Understand the skills and attributes necessary for employment
2 Be able to plan for career development
3 Understand the need for professional ethics and professional development
4 Understand current issues that impact on professional practice.

Unit content
1 Understand the skills and attributes necessary for employment
Skills, attributes and behaviours: eg time management, objectives, action planning, delegation, decision making, problem solving, value awareness, conflict management, giving and receiving feedback, influencing skills, self-confidence, positive thinking, communication, presentation, team building; facilitation, learning styles; attitude; self presentation; commitment; appropriate dress; timekeeping; body language; personal hygiene; working relationships (those you report to, other professional colleagues, those affected by your work)
Technical information: orally; written; graphical; electronic; importance of accuracy; importance of clarity
2 Be able to plan for career development
Career: skills, sector disciplines, sector qualifications and pathways eg technical, practical, supervisory; personal skills eg responsibility, adaptability; aspirations, openings/opportunities
Development plan: career development; personal development; current performance; future needs; short-term (12-18 months) and long-term (5-10 years) career goals; matching plans to personal goals; selecting/evaluating preferred progression route(s); supporting resources; schedule for plan
Sources of information and guidance: career advice services; professional institutions; computer accessed information, websites; published information eg newspaper articles, job advertisements, journal articles, company career packs, university and college prospectuses; qualification information eg Higher Nationals, foundation degrees, degrees, National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ); Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQ); methods of learning; on-the-job training; off-the-job training
3 Understand the need for professional ethics and professional development
Code of ethics: appreciation and application of applicable codes of conduct; appreciation of special requirements and personal responsibilities relating to own job function Initial professional development: professional body membership structures; academic and experience criteria; application and assessment processes
Continuing professional development (CPD): maintenance of existing competence; improvements to existing competence; development of new competence; commitment to professional excellence
CPD planning: competence targets eg employer requirements, professional institution requirements, industry national occupational standards; priorities; target dates; development activities eg formal courses/ events, research, work experience, personal study; recording achievements
4 Understand current issues that impact on professional practice
Issues: new techniques; new procedures; new legislation; organisational changes; technological changes; health, safety and welfare; environment and sustainability issues

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