As the largest employing industry and with a huge consumer focus, the implementation of Continuing Professional Development is vital to ensure industry standards continue to rise to compete in an ever-growing globalised competitive market.
The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) states, “the world is moving ever faster so on-going CPD is essential to support you in your current role as well as helping you with career progression. CPD is all about upgrading knowledge, skills and capabilities to remain effective and compliant.” CIPS recommends that individuals undertake at least 30 CPD hours per year as a minimum, and ideally 45 hours at higher competency grades, in order to keep up-to-date with changes in the business environment, organisational requirements and, potentially, client needs.
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute runs its CPD scheme from January to December each year, and requires participants to complete at least 20 hours of CPD annually, which should be recorded on a learning and development plan.
Continuing Professional Development in the retail sector can vary significantly depending on job role and responsibility. CPD opportunities can include marketing & advertising, people management, customer services, market trend analysis and reporting, store design & layout, merchandising and supply chain management.