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Transcript of Level 3
Manage Personal and Professional Development
1. Be able to identify personal and professional development requirements
2. Be able to fulfill a personal and professional development plan
3. Be able to maintain the relevance of a personal and professional development plan.
2.1 Evaluate the benefits of personal and professional development
Benefits could include:
3.1 Explain how to set SMART objectives
You need to explain how objectives set in 2.4 satisfy the
Identifying personal and professional development requirements
When you meet with your manager, take the opportunity to discuss your development needs and the changing requirements of your role. Consider your development needs before the meeting, taking into account industry trends and changes.
A PDP would look at current knowledge, skills and experience levels and the extent to which they satisfy current and potential future needs. This will form the basis for the skills gap analysis
1.1 Compare sources of information on professional development trends and their validity
You need to find information on professional development trends in your own profession/industry.
Your comparison should look at strengths/weaknesses, advantages/disadvantages for at least two sources of information.
Sources include publications and other information from
Professional bodies or networks
Organisation's employee development department
1.2 Identify trends and development that influence the need for professional development
You are required to describe at least two trends and/or developments that could influence the need for professional development
Trends and developments which may change include:
Systems or technology
New skills and knowledge learnt.
Build specific knowledge and competences that are related to your current role.
Keep your skills up to date with industry trends.
Fresh viewpoints from outside your organisation.
Potential losses could include:
Personal costs (time)
2.2 Explain the basis on which types of development actions are selected
Select the type of development action(s) required for your PDP needs identified in question 1.3 and explain why you chose each method.
Training courses - different providers and different learning methods and technologies
The different types of development methods could include:
2.3 Identify current and future likely skills, knowledge and experience needs using skills gap analysis
Use the information you have gathered on future and current skills, knowledge and experience to prepare a skills gap analysis. This will form the basis of your development plan.
Try to be as detailed and specific as possible about what you need to be able to do differently. This will help you decide how to address your development needs and to review and measure you success.
2.4 Agree a PDP that is consistent with business needs and personal objectives
You now need to agree with your line manager a personal and professional development plan which contains SMART objectives, resources, timescales and review mechanisms.
If you employer doesn't already have a PDP template they use you can create your own from the one in the resources folder.
Specific: Clear, unambiguous, straightforward, understandable.
Measurable: Related to quantified or qualitative performance measures.
Achievable: With known resources.
Realistic: Linked to business needs.
Time-bound: Having completion date and review date
3.2 Obtain feedback
Feedback from others is important to assess performance improvements.
Feedback could come from manager, customers, team members and can be formal (performance appraisal) or informal (comments, customer surveys) etc.
You need to provide evidence of feedback from at least two valid sources to demonstrate whether or not the training development plan that is being implemented is effective in improving your performance.
3.3 Review progress
You are required to provide evidence that progress against the development plan has been reviewed and the outcome of that review.
For example; meetings with manager which have discussed the PDP and any actions identified from those meetings. The PDP would need to be signed or dated, or an email to confirm review date.
3.4 Amend the PDP in light of feedback from others
You are now required to provide evidence that you have amended your PDP in light of feedback from others, e.g manager, colleagues or customers.
1.3 Evaluate your current and future personal and professional development needs.
You are required to provide evidence of evaluating your own current and future personal and professional development needs relating to your role, the team and organisation.
Information gathered in 1.1 and 1.2 can be used to identify current and future knowledge, skills and experience needs relating to your role, team and organisation.
This Unit will run over the entirety of your apprenticeship but needs to be put in place near the beginning so progress and evidence can be obtained.