Staying current and relevant to the industry through Professional Development training is crucial to organisational success in today’s rapidly changing world.
It plays a vital role in not just helping employees become more efficient, but it also helps develop a culture of enhanced productivity and higher motivation levels within the team.
It holds even more relevance in the training and education industry, where continuous learning and knowledge are crucial to the changing trends, directions and demands of the industry.
Apart from boosting morale and confidence, organising and participating in continuing education is a great way to introduce and implement best practices. At MCIE, continuing education through Professional Development session for its trainers, and educators as well as for peers from the industry is a way of life.
“We regularly organise professional development sessions for our trainers and educators, as well as for our partners and associates from the industry, such as teachers from childcare centers and other educational leaders. Our training and teaching philosophy has always been to enable our students to be job ready as per the demands of the industry, and these professional development sessions play an important role in ensuring that we constantly interact with those in the industry and learn from each other and share our knowledge and skills in learning as well in teaching and training methodologies.”
Maryann JamesHead of Department- Community Care (ECEC, Individual Support, Disability and First Aid)
Here are 3 ways in which professional development sessions are beneficial:
1. It’s a great way to network, build new relations, and retain talent
A professional development session is not just about learning, but is also a great way to help expand your team’s network. In a professional world, it helps to not only stay relevant and up to date, but also stay in touch with your peers and colleagues. Apart from expanding the professional network of the team, it also helps promote you as a reputable employer since your educators and other team members represent you as your brand ambassadors at these forums. With a motivated and committed team representing you, it not only helps retain talent, but you will also attract the right talent at your organisation.
2. It proves to be a platform to learn new ideas and enhance productivity
With exposure to new ideas and new ways of thinking, you will enable your educators to gain new skills that they will apply at their own workplace. You can not only expect to see enhanced productivity but with new skills and ideas, your workforce will be more confident, happier and committed to their job to deliver enhanced learning experience to their students. Linkedin Learning’s 2019 Workplace Learning Report also states ‘consistent and valuable learning to employees’ amongst the top 7 focus areas for talent development.
3. It helps stay updated with current and approved learning frameworks and guidelines
Professional development sessions can help your educators stay updated with the industry. It is important that the educators absolutely understand how their current practice and teachings relate to the expectations of the approved learning frameworks and the national quality frameworks.
“Our industry partners are always assured that our students can integrate well into their workforce, because they know that they have current knowledge and have current expectations about what they are going to do at the workplace. This is a reflection on our trainers and educators who are always committed to provide our students with these learning opportunities to help them make the most of it.”
“It’s important for the trainers to also understand that investing in their own professional development and learnings helps them become more competent, innovative, and engaging. It not only helps identify and fill any skill gaps but enables their professional growth and mental stimulation. It’s a win for the entire team”
BRYONY DADEDIRECTOR OF QUALITY AND GOVERNANCE
Professional Development sessions at MCIE promote industry partnerships and make students job-ready. With professional development sessions, MCIE focuses on Approved Learning Framework and National Quality Framework. Get in touch with us to know more about our Professional Development programs and how it can help you expand your network and meet your learning and development goals.