Developing your skills in a new way during the pandemic

Written by: CIPD People Management
Published on: 1 Dec 2020

Keeping your professional skills and knowledge up to date is a key part of ensuring you are performing at your best as a People Professional. However, the CIPD know that individual learning and development has had to take a backseat for many during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our 2020 People Profession survey has shown that learning is no longer receiving immediate attention within businesses.


Investing in your development is just as vital now as it ever was, but it doesn’t have to be via the usual learning routes you might expect. The CIPD offers opportunities for People Professionals to stretch and develop their professional skills, think innovatively and problem solve effectively, through volunteering roles including Enterprise Adviser volunteering in schools and colleges.

Volunteering through one of the CIPD’s Social Impact programmes is a great way to develop and demonstrate the core knowledge and behaviours that you need to perform at your best and progress in your career. Volunteering your professional skills goes right to the heart of the three key principles of human resources: work matters, people matters and professionalism matters. Of course, you would also be supporting your local community and those most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic - something that our HR community have asked for.

For the 5th year, the CIPD is partnering with the Careers and Enterprise Company to connect People Professionals with schools and colleges to develop their careers programme. Worryingly, a recent survey by The Prince’s Trust found that 44% of young people aged 16-25 have lower aspirations for the future as a result of the pandemic - providing careers guidance in schools and colleges is essential to help young people regain confidence in their future.

We are looking for experienced professionals to volunteer as Enterprise Advisers, working directly with a school or college's leadership team. As well as creating a careers programme, Enterprise Advisers work to create connections between schools and local employers, to bring the world of work to life for students. This helps them think about where their skills and interests fit best.

It’s also a fantastic opportunity to develop core behaviours including commercial drive; enabling others through change and transition, business acumen; focus on ways to benefit individuals and society and people practice; taking a coaching and consultative role.

Keep your skills up to date whilst creating a brighter future for the next generation of jobseekers. Find out more at

To register interest in the programme, please complete this short registration form: