Continual Professional Development can be an important part of keeping your professional skills, knowledge and experience relevant and up to date. It can also improve job prospects and help to achieve certain career objectives.

Over the last three years, the Guild has offered a small number of well-received professional training courses – including photography, video production for the web and social media – and is now looking to run a wider variety of high quality, bespoke training workshops and events adding to the benefits of Guild membership.

What training needs do you and your business have? What type of training and what courses are of interest to you? How much are you prepared to invest in training on an annual basis? How far would you reasonably travel to attend training events?

The Guild is keen to canvas your opinions and identify new, relevant and affordable training opportunities.

Please spend a few minutes to complete our short questionnaire.

All completed questionnaires, with name and email supplied, will be entered into a prize draw to win a smart, not-to-be-repeated Musto jacket branded for the 2014 IFAJ Congress.



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* 1. Is professional training and development of interest to you personally, or to your staff members?

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* 2. If the answer to Q1 is yes, how many professional training courses or events would you/your staff take part in each year?

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* 3. Apart from the Guild, which other organisations are currently providing you with this type of training and what type of training do they provide?

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* 4. Do you or your staff members take part in a formal CPD membership scheme and record CPD points on an on an ongoing basis?

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* 5. If yes to Q4, which professional scheme are you/they a member of?

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* 6. Do you record CPD points or training activity on an informal basis?

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* 7. Which of the following WRITING COURSES are of interest to you. Please tick only the courses that you would attend:

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* 8. Which of the following PR and MARKETING COURSES are of interest to you. Please tick only the courses that you would attend:

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* 9. Which of the following SOCIAL MEDIA and DIGITAL MEDIA courses are of interest to you. Please tick only the courses that you would attend?

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* 10. Which of the following OTHER COURSES are of interest to you. Please tick only the courses that you would attend:

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* 11. Do you have additional course or training suggestions that could help with the development of you and your business?

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* 12. To help build our database, do you know of professional trainers who would run any of the above courses (Q7 to Q10)? Please provide their area of expertise and contact details:

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* 16. Providing a central, easy to get to venue is key to achieving good take-up of Guild professional development courses. Please elect your TOP FIVE course locations from the list below on the basis of convenience and cost:

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* 17. Do you have any suggestions for course venues that are easy to get to for all members?
Do you have alternative suggestions for regional or local meeting points?
Do you have any suggestions for venues that are free of charge?

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* 18. Training via webinar offers an economical alternative to some face-to-face training courses. Have you taken part in any webinar training (other than for in-house training)?

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* 19. Would you or your staff be interested in training via webinar, either live or recorded/downloaded?

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* 20. If the answer to Q19 is yes, what time of day would be most convenient to take part in a webinar?

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* 22. Apart from providing on-line professional training, would other web-based events be of interest to you? For example:

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Live coverage of keynote conference speakers at major events:
Invited speaker events organised by the Guild allowing two-way interaction:
Live coverage of industry discussion panels/Q&As at major events:
Invited panel events organised by the Guild allowing two-way interaction:

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* 23. CAN YOU HELP? The Guild is looking for a key sponsor to support and help fund a three year professional training programme? Do you know of any organisation that might be interested?

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* 24. THANK YOU for completing the questionnaire. Please provide your name and email address for entry into the prize draw for the IFAJ Musto jacket.

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