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The importance of Personal Development Planning to the construction professional

The importance of Personal Development Planning to the construction professional
Order Description
COUSRE : Construction Management-(Construction Core Skill)
Learning Outcomes:
LO2 Have gained the relevant core transferable skills needed for study at higher education levels.
LO3 Be familiar with the concept of Personal Development Planning and be able to devise your own PDP plan.
LO4 Appreciate the role that construction professionals play within both the construction industry and society.
Assignment Brief:
During the course of 2014 approximately 6.5% of the total economic output of the UK was generated by the construction industry. In monetary terms this equates to
approximately £103 billion that is generated by a workforce of circa 2.1 million people (Rhodes, 2015 pg. 3). These figures demonstrate that construction activities
represent a significant element of the United Kingdom’s economy and, additionally, due to the nature of the work undertaken it could also be argued that the industry
has a huge social and physical impact on society as a whole.
Rhodes (2015) presents statistical evidence that highlights that the economic output presented above is being delivered by a workforce that is reducing in size. This
coupled with the belief that there is a skills shortage within the industry (CIOB, 2013) has led to a need for operatives and professional staff to work in different
ways, demonstrate a variety of abilities and improve performance.
In order to ensure that improved performance occurs by design rather than by either good fortune or accident it is important that the modern employee plans and
actively seeks to develop a variety of transferable skills. Personal Development Planning (PDP) is a key element that is used to satisfy these goals. Cottrell (2011)
identifies PDP as a means to draw together the following concepts:
• improving learning and performance;
• using forward planning to achieve goals.
This technique has rapidly gained acceptance with employers and professional bodies as a method of establishing an individual’s short and long term developmental
In order to successfully satisfy the requirements of this assignment, students will be required to produce a fully referenced report that considers and discusses the
scale of the construction industry in the UK and the role that professional staff plays within it. As part of the assignment response it is required that the function
of PDP and its potential advantages and disadvantages with regard to staff development is considered. Additionally each respondent must produce a PDP for themselves
and include it as an appendix in the submitted report.
Secondary Research Level HE4 – It is expected that the Reference List will contain between five and ten sources. As a MINIMUM the Reference List should include one
refereed academic journal and two academic books.
Specific Assessment Criteria:
Marks will be awarded for:
• presentation;
• quality and relevance of the discussion and analysis;
• quality and relevance of references;
• use of the correct referencing method;
• provision of a suitably robust conclusion.

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