December 2016

Dear Members,

We hope you are enjoying the run up to Christmas this year! Here is your CPDSO membership update for this month!

Training Journal Awards – Double Gold wins for CPDSO providers!

Two CPD Standards (CPDSO) accredited providers won gold awards at the Training Journal Awards this year, a prestigious industry event bringing together training professionals across all sectors.

The CPDSO is the annual sponsor for the Best Training Partnership Award which was presented to CPDSO accredited provider Avado Learning and its business partner the CIPD.  A second win was for accredited CPDSO provider Rentokil U+ platform which won Gold for the Best Use of Technology Award.

The Training Journal Awards have 15 award categories open to entry for training providers, public sector organisations, charities and businesses across all sectors. The categories range from L&D team of the year, Best Customer Service Programme to Best Leadership Development programme. Each category is judged by industry experts who determine which entry receives the Gold, Silver or Bronze awards in the group.

Winning an industry award can provide an accredited CPD provider increased marketing exposure and publicity, positive feedback from experts in each category field and crucially gives hard-working teams a great confidence boost.

Find out ‘What it takes to be an award winning training provider’ on the CPDSO news page here.

Good to know… Government proposals for The Institutes of Technology (IoTs)

The Government’s plan to deliver Institutes of Technology (IoTs) for school leavers is in the spotlight this month as a panel discussion will be held at the House of Commons by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Education (APGSE).

IoTs are part of the Government’s Productivity Plan (Fixing the Foundations: Creating a More Prosperous Nation, July 2015). The plan will focus on providing high-level STEM provision for the post-16 skills system at levels 3, 4 and 5 and provide the skills needed by employers in these areas.

The Government recognises opportunities for collaboration with high quality technical training providers and further education colleges to open IoTs for students 16 years and over. The IoTs are part of the government’s strategy to close the post-16 skills gap in the UK.

The CPD Standards Office is regularly invited to attend meetings with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Education (APGSE) at the House of Lords to keep up-to-date with current affairs occurring in this sector.

APGSE say Government announcements are expected in the New Year on IoTs to help higher-level skills provision in the UK and how institutes will fit in with the current FE and skills landscape.

Time for reflection – The CPD Standards 2016 Annual Review 

The CPD Standards Office has been busy this year presenting at member events and a number of industry conferences. We have moved offices, grown our team and continue pursue research on developments in the CPD arena.

Reflecting back over 2016, it has been a turbulent year for business. The Brexit campaign and UK referendum ended with the UK voting to leave the European Union, President Donald Trump won the US election and there have been highly uncertain financial markets.

The Office has continued to meet regularly with key stakeholders in the CPD Arena such as training providers, professional bodies, regulators and employers to keep abreast of these changes and opportunities for skills development and CPD accreditation.

Download the two page  The CPD Standards Annual Review 2016

CPDSO Christmas Business Hours

We will be closed from 23rd December to 3rd January during the holiday period.
May we wish all our customers and a very Happy Festive period and New Year.



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We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards,