Accelerate your professional development and become a volunteer

Written by: CIPD
Published on: 6 May 2022


Now that the UK is learning to live with COVID-19, we’re seeing a more agile, dynamic world of work emerging. “Unprecedented times” and “uncertainty” are now being met head on with “upskilling”.

Upskilling is a way of learning new skills, allowing you to grow your abilities and adapt to the transformations that we’ve seen in the workplace over the past two years.


Volunteering is a great way to upskill and grow core behaviours to perform at your best and progress in your career. That’s why the CIPD offers several programmes for people to stretch and develop their professional skills, think innovatively and problem solve effectively.

Get involved

Our enterprise adviser volunteering scheme in schools and colleges gives you the opportunity to support young people making future career decisions and help them take steps into the world of work. Volunteering can also help you work strategically in a new environment, develop your communication skills and build your network. Find out more here.

Volunteering as an enterprise adviser has helped Rebecca to progress in her own career.

"Volunteering as an enterprise adviser in a local school has accelerated my professional development more than I could have imagined. As an enterprise adviser I operate as a consultant and it gives me a lovely balance, and the role certainly provides scope for professional development in a different workplace setting."

- Rebecca Healy, enterprise adviser volunteer.

Volunteering your professional skills goes right to the heart of the three key principles of human resources: work matters, people matters and professionalism matters. Take a look at the CIPD’s professional development pages here to see how you can make your impact count.