I’ve recently started a part-time secondment to CILIP to work on their Future Skills Project. You may already be aware of the project, which has been working on the recommendations from the Defining our Professional Future report to review the CPD offering:
The Future Skills Project is reviewing CILIP’s qualifications to ensure every member gets the recognition they deserve from their employers and society for a unique suite of highly valuable, relevant and endurable skills.
This review has created the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB), the revised model for delivering Accreditation of academic and vocational qualifications and the suite of CILIP qualifications.
The two Future Skills Project Workers (one of whom is myself), are now working on preparing the material to support Professional Registration (i.e. Certification, Chartership, Fellowship, and Revalidation). We’ll be working on the recommendations from the project board and the information collected during the project (focus groups, surveys, etc.) but I’d like to pose a few of my own, more specific, questions to ensure what we produce is relevant and useful to current candidates and potential candidates. One of the first tasks I’m working on is thinking about what information needs to be in the handbooks provided by CILIP to guide you through the qualifications (see the current Certification handbook, Chartership handbook, Fellowship handbook and Revalidation handbook). I’d be interested in your views – please feel free to respond to any or all of these questions by commenting on the blog post or you can email me directly.
If you are currently working towards a CILIP qualification or have recently completed one:
What information in the handbook or on the CILIP website did you find useful in helping you complete your qualification?
Were there any resources outside of the handbook that you found useful? (e.g. book chapters, websites, articles, blog posts etc.) What did you find so useful about them?
Was there anything missing or unclear from the handbook?
What guidance would you have liked to see and in what format? (For example, we’ve seen mention of things like flowcharts for the process from start to finish, checklists of what you need to do and when – what would you have found useful?)
If you have considered a CILIP qualification:
Did you read the handbook? What did you think? Was there anything else you would have liked to know?
If you chose not to work towards the qualification, was there any information (or lack of) which contributed to your decision?
I’ll be working on the Future Skills project for the next three months and may well be asking for more feedback on things along the way, but if you have any comments or suggestions at any point, please email me. We really want to make sure that what we produce is clear, easy to understand and genuinely useful.