The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has merged two of their Special Interest Groups (CDG and PTEG) to form the National Offers Group, which is part of CILIP’s new CPD forum.
Both groups have been heavily involved with the development of the new model for Regional Member Networks which have now taken over the groups' regional responsibilities. As part of this development, both groups took the opportunity to review their national offer to members. Following the review, it became clear that the offers that CDG and PTEG made were fundamental to career development opportunities and these offers should be available to every member of CILIP.
The new CPD forum provides a space for Mentor Support Officers (MSOs) and Candidate Support officers (CSOs) to meet with a member of the Professional Registration and Accreditation Board and CILIP officers to share information, knowledge and best practice and receive training. It also develops and delivers national core offers to support all members in CPD.
The model provides the following benefits:
- It consolidates support for career development and professional registration into one place; adding capacity to both the staff and network.
- It will enable CILIP officers and CPD Forum members to work together effectively to exploit the potential of the Virtual Learning Environment to deliver Career Development
- It continues to be member led with appropriate support and direction from CILIP officers where required
The National Offers Group has already held its first meeting and is preparing their plan for the year. Members can expect access to see new training offers via Virtual Learning Environment, development of training for those who are mid-career/moving into management and the development of an Emerging Leaders Programme.
Simon Edwards, Director of Professional Services at CILIP said:
"We are really excited by the opportunities that this change presents. We believe that career development is a fundamental strand of the membership offer and I am pleased that the services of these two Special Interest Groups will now be mainstreamed for all members to access."