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SMi Group’s 5th Annual Social Media within the Utilities Sector conference returns to London next April.

In 2016, it is estimated that there will be around 2.13 billion social network users around the globe, up from 1.4 billion in 2012. As use of social media continues to grow rapidly every year amongst the utility sector's consumers, companies need to identify the best approach and interaction techniques with the consumer in order to protect their brand and reputation but most importantly, develop their business. Coupled with this is how companies can easily provide a high quality of customer service over social media more cost effectively than traditional methods such as call centres.

Engaging with the public in a digital environment is no longer a choice, in fact by 2020 about 95% of a utility company's bill paying customers will have either grown up during the age of digital technology or will be “digital converts” and fully digital savvy. Marketing strategy is has moved away from the question ‘should I be on social media?’, it’s all about how social media can transform a company’s digital presence and customer interaction.  

We will discuss investment in digital marketing and explore how businesses should shape their online presence and develop strategies to harness online technologies. A key focus of this conference will be assessing how to make social media the centre of operations, not just a useful tool.

The utility sector has always been viewed as boring and cooperate by the public, however, sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube offer companies a chance to amend these broken bridges and repair customer relationships. Consistency, transparency, and honesty are crucial, so this conference will focus on injecting personality into communications and formulating creative strategies to regain customer trust. Finally, social media unlocks the potential of digital marketing, an essential tool to any company, as proven by the online success of the retail sector. Recent industry research confirms that digital communication can influence sales both online and in the store: 40% of all social media users have purchased items online or in-store after sharing or “favoriting” them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, according to research from Vision Critical. This once more highlights how social can act as the catalyst to business development for the utilities sector, and reinforces the need for investment in this vital arm of company business.   

  • Understand how digital marketing is key to business development
  • Learn from case studies on crisis management and containment
  • Discover how to create and manage your brand in an online environment
  • Transform your business: make your organisation more social and cultivate a network of change
  • Gain insight into social optimisation: unlock the potential of your data
  • Benefit from roundtable discussions to benchmark against peers’ social media strategy
  • Social Media Managers
  • Online Marketing Directors
  • Communications Officers
  • Customer Service Managers
  • Lead Media Relations
  • Heads of Recruitment
  • Digital/ Website Managers
  • Press Officers
  • Head of Consulting
  • Business Development Managers
  • PR Managers
  • Brand reputation managers

Affinity Water; Anglian Water; As Sadales Tikls; Blueclawsearch; Bord Gais; Clancy Docwra; DigitasLBi; E.ON Energy UK /WCWC LtD; Eandis; Ebico Ltd; Echelon; Edelman; Electricity North West; Elemental Communications Ltd.; Enemalta Corporation; EUA; GDF Suez Energy Romania; Guernsey Electricity; Hill & Knowlton ; Intelen; Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd; Jeffery Green Russell; Lewis PR; Mediacom; National Grid; Northern Electric; Northern Powergrid; OMD International; Rabbit; Scotia Gas Networks; Scottish and Southern Electric; Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution; Scottish Power Plc; Scottish Power Plc Distribution And Supply Divisio; Scottish Water; Thames Water Ltd.; U K Power Networks Services; Uk Power Networks; United Utilities Plc; Vitens; Western Power Distribution
 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chair's opening remarks

Giuseppe Caltabiano

Giuseppe Caltabiano, Vice President Marketing Integration - Content, Social Media, PR Strategy, Schneider Electric
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9:10 Social media – what’s the point?

Laura  Hopperton

Laura Hopperton, Digital Content Manager, South East Water Ltd

  • Case study of South East Water’s turnaround to become a social business
  • Challenges of getting senior management on board to understand the importance of it
  • Steps involved in the change process
  • Creating and updating your social media strategy
  • 9:45 Devising an effective social media strategy

    Paul Sergeant

    Paul Sergeant, Online Community Manager , Ecotricity

  • Reinforcing your brand values on social and developing your voice
  • Engagement – breaking the cycle of complaints.
  • Social media teams or teams that do social media?
  • 10:20 Scottish Water: Excellent content marketing and customer support

    William Ancell

    William Ancell, Web Manager, Scottish Water

    Andrew Kindness

    Andrew Kindness, Team Manager, Scottish Water

  • Creating an energised, empowered and effective social customer support team
  • How web applications can drive business insight and value
  • Achieving a consistent multi-platform experience
  • Ensuring directors and key influencers can understand the advantages of social media
  • 10:55 Morning Coffee

    11:20 5 Key Learnings from a Utility Tech Vendor

    Andreas Riha

    Andreas Riha, Cx Consultant Service Cloud, ORACLE

  • Overview of industry findings and trends
  • Mary's story - A day in the life of a typical customer across social media
  • Oracle's social relationship management platform
  • 12:00 How to measure the success of your social media campaign

    Conor Barron

    Conor Barron, Digital Communications Manager , Bord Gais Energy

  • What is success and how is it achieved?
  • How to determine which metric of measurement is right for your organisation
  • How to reach and engage with the right customers on social media
  • 12:35 Networking Lunch

    13:35 What can the utilities sector learn from the transport sector?

    Phil Young

    Phil Young, Head of Online, TfL
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  • Putting customers at the centre - TfL’s evolving customer strategy
  • Delivering authentic and human interaction at scale through social media
  • Where TfL are heading in digital and social media?
  • Key learnings
  • 14:10 Employee advocacy: Why?

    Chris Seth

    Chris Seth, Director, Dynamic Signal
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  • Why your employees can be your best and biggest asset
  • Using employees to expand your reach and influence
  • What are the first steps to get started?
  • 14:45 Building customer relationships on social media

    Marina Hunt

    Marina Hunt, Manager Customer & Business Performance , ESB Networks

  • Find out how to engage with your customers and build your following
  • Using social media as a customer information channel
  • The role of social media in crisis communications
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Customer engagement: Why social media is key

    Bernard Mooney

    Bernard Mooney, Customer Care Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

  • Exploring the successful Carbon Monoxide campaign and rebranding process
  • Customer engagement – Using YouTube to turn a negative into a positive for customers and Gas network Ireland
  • Corporate buy-in
  • Where to next?
  • 16:20 Integrating social into the wider digital customer experience

    Toni Calder

    Toni Calder, Marketing Communications Manager, UK Power Networks

  • Ensuring synergy across your social media feeds
  • Why an integrated digital experience is now essential
  • How to ensure success when collaborating across your digital platforms
  • 16:55 Social Media: Why the possibilities of data are endless

    Conor Barron

    Conor Barron, Digital Communications Manager , Bord Gais Energy

    Giuseppe Caltabiano

    Giuseppe Caltabiano, Vice President Marketing Integration - Content, Social Media, PR Strategy, Schneider Electric
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    Toni Calder

    Toni Calder, Marketing Communications Manager, UK Power Networks

    Chris Seth

    Chris Seth, Director, Dynamic Signal
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  • Turning data - big and small - into huge business opportunities
  • Unlocking the potential of your digital data
  • A guide to social intelligence
  • 17:30 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Wendy Eyre

    Wendy Eyre, Social Media Manager , E.ON
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    9:10 Brand management: The essential guide

    Jane Goddard

    Jane Goddard , Group Director of Marketing and Communications, Energy Saving Trust
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  • Transforming the image of your brand
  • Content: What, where and why?
  • Digital asset management
  • Social media: The gateway to your online portfolio
  • 9:45 Why we can’t afford to sit still: What’s next for social?

    Wendy Eyre

    Wendy Eyre, Social Media Manager , E.ON
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  • Becoming a social business
  • The changing world of content
  • Data, data and more data
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Creating a social company from the inside out

    Lee Bryant

    Lee Bryant, Founder, Postshift

  • Connecting internal and external social engagement
  • How can social teams cultivate a network of change
  • How to encourage employee advocacy

     

  • 11:25 A social utility company

    Corinna Allen

    Corinna Allen, Head of Communications , Southern Water Services Ltd
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  • The social customer
  • How can social media drive corporate agility?
  • More than just a utility company
  • Engaging content outside of customer service
  • 12:00 Networking Lunch

    13:00 B2B vs B2C – what’s the difference?

    Giuseppe Caltabiano

    Giuseppe Caltabiano, Vice President Marketing Integration - Content, Social Media, PR Strategy, Schneider Electric
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  • Distinguishing between the different wants and needs of your customers
  • The rules of engagement: How to adjust your social strategy for business customers
  • The internal and external use of digital and social media
  • 13:35 Social nedia in choppy waters – sink or swim

    Kevin Byrne

    Kevin Byrne, Social Media Expert, Irish Water

    Richard Ó hEadhra

    Richard Ó hEadhra, Channel Management and Analysis Specialist, Irish Water

  • How social listening can guide your approach
  • To engage or not to engage!
  • Focussed on the customer and ‘Proving the Utility’ with social media customer care and customer communications
  • Managing criticism and moving forward
  • 14:10 Linked In: Elevate

    Matt Christian

    Matt Christian, Global Lead Elevate , LinkedIn
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  • Overview of how LinkedIn and the Elevate platform can transform your digital marketing and online presence
  • Empower your employees to share great content with their networks, and become a socially engaged company.
  • How Elevate can help you reach a massive, relevant audience
  • 14:45 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 Delivery of a successful, in-company content, social media and public relations marketing programme in the energy sector

    Alex Marshall

    Alex Marshall , Group Marketing & Compliance Manager, Clarke Energy Ltd

  • Integrating social media and marketing into a power engineering company setting
  • Understanding and measuring success
  • Case study of Clarke Energy’s social media success
  • 15:50 Turn and face the changes: Regulating in the social age

    Angela Maher

    Angela Maher, Senior Associate, Ofwat

  • The changing approach to regulation in the utilities sector
  • Changing perceptions of regulation over social media
  • How to navigate the changing environment?
  • 16:25 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Wendy Eyre

    Wendy Eyre, Social Media Manager , E.ON
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Chris Seth

    Chris Seth

    Director, Dynamic Signal
    Corinna Allen

    Corinna Allen

    Head of Communications , Southern Water Services Ltd
    Giuseppe Caltabiano

    Giuseppe Caltabiano

    Vice President Marketing Integration - Content, Social Media, PR Strategy, Schneider Electric
    Jane Goddard

    Jane Goddard

    Group Director of Marketing and Communications, Energy Saving Trust
    Matt Christian

    Matt Christian

    Global Lead Elevate , LinkedIn
    Phil Young

    Phil Young

    Head of Online, TfL
    Wendy Eyre

    Wendy Eyre

    Social Media Manager , E.ON

    Alex Marshall

    Group Marketing & Compliance Manager, Clarke Energy Ltd
    Alex Marshall

    Alex has the lead international role for marketing and compliance for Clarke Energy with board level responsibility for these functions. Alex has worked extensively across markets in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. He has a particular focus on the energy efficient production of power from low carbon and renewable fuels. Alex’s technical and scientific experience compliments his role that includes the delivery the full marketing mix for Clarke Energy including in-house SEO, PR and social media functions.

    Alex is a Chartered Marketer, Environmentalist and Waste Manager. He holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and an Master of Enterprise & BSc in Biology from Manchester University.
     

    Andreas Riha

    Cx Consultant Service Cloud, ORACLE
    Andreas Riha

    Andrew Kindness

    Team Manager, Scottish Water
    Andrew Kindness

    Andrew is an experienced customer service and business change leader and someone who is passionate about delivering outstanding customer experiences. Currently Andrew currently leads the Business Change team of Scottish Waters’ multi-million pound Customer Experience Improvement programme that is critical to the delivery of Scottish Waters’ Business Plan and IT strategy. He also has extensive experience in both operational and strategic Contact Centre management and leads Scottish Waters’ Social Customer Support team.

    Angela Maher

    Senior Associate, Ofwat
    Angela Maher

    Angela Maher is a Senior Associate in Corporate Communications at Ofwat where she champions the use of digital and social media across the regulator. She manages the overall digital and social media approach at Ofwat as well as the day to day running of its social media channels, website and email newsletters. She recently successfully project managed the complete redevelopment of Ofwat's website – enabling Ofwat to communicate with stakeholders in a more dynamic and user-friendly way.
    Prior to joining Ofwat Angela worked in Intelligent Transport Systems for engineering consultancy Atkins and she has a degree in Pure Mathematics.
     

    Bernard Mooney

    Customer Care Manager, Gas Networks Ireland
    Bernard Mooney

    Bernard Mooney joined Bord Gáis in 1982 and has gained experience in a wide variety of different roles, both field and office based. During his time in the New Connections Department, Bernard worked as a Field Sales Manager and was actively involved in extending the gas network into a large number of new towns to provide natural gas to homes and businesses along the way.


    In recent years, Bernard has managed the ‘Customer Operations’ function as well as ‘Customer Experience’ and ‘Customer Contact’. He now manages the ‘Customer Care Department’ for Gas Networks Ireland. This team is responsible for all aspects of customer interactions for Gas Networks Ireland; from managing the outsourced contact centre to managing the complaints process, processing quotations and payments, all customer communications, customer experience monitoring and social media.
    The team are, above all, the key advocates for the customer across the business and are committed to embedding the customer at the heart of everything we do while also driving efficiencies and improving the experience for all key stakeholders, both internal and external. Bernard leads by example through his passion and commitment to putting our customers first.
     

    Chris Seth

    Director, Dynamic Signal
    Chris Seth

    Chris Seth is Managing Director at Dynamic Signal and is focused on developing the company's business across EMEA.
    Over his career, Chris has helped build successful global companies at Stardoll, BBDO, Time Out and the New York Times. He is an investor and advisor to a range of early stage companies including Banjo, Future Ad Labs, CTRLio and Rippll. Chris is passionate about brand creation and the impact this has on the strength and value of an enterprise. He has lived in 5 countries, speaks 4 languages and has won numerous industry awards for his work in advertising and marketing. Chris is most proud of his family, but he also finds time to compete in triathlons and is a professionally trained chef.
     

    Conor Barron

    Digital Communications Manager , Bord Gais Energy
    Conor Barron

    Conor Barron is the Digital Communications Manager for Bord Gáis Energy, one of the leading energy utilities in the Irish market. A Dublin native, he has been working in digital since 2008. Conor has previously held digital roles in the food and education sectors before moving to the utilities sector in 2011. Conor is a graduate of the MSc. eCommerce from Dublin City University. As part of a mulit-award winning marketing team, Conor is responsible for shaping the social media and digital marketing strategy within Bord Gáis Energy.
     

    Corinna Allen

    Head of Communications , Southern Water Services Ltd
    Corinna Allen

    Corinna Allen is Head of Communications at Southern Water and is a member of the Water UK communications group with a special interest in creating social digital communities. Ms Allen has championed a new approach to social media within Southern water and is in the process of developing in house digital capability. She is a former BBC 5 Live journalist and is interested in the impact of digital and networked technology in the Utility sector.

    Giuseppe Caltabiano

    Vice President Marketing Integration - Content, Social Media, PR Strategy, Schneider Electric
    Giuseppe Caltabiano

    Giuseppe Caltabiano is Vice President for Marketing Integration at Schneider Electric; he is responsible for integration of Content, Social Media and PR strategy to support and enable Data Centres and IT solutions. His current focus is on driving improved processes, tools and performance of earned media initiatives for the IT Business Unit of Schneider Electric, including Social Media and PR, as well as Content processes & tools and redefining the campaign development blueprint process for business demand creation and capture.

    Giuseppe has an MBA from Milan SDA Bocconi School of Management, a degree in Electronic Engineering from the Milan Polytechnic University and is trained on Mergers & Acquisitions at the London Business School. Giuseppe has more than 15 years of marketing experience in the fields of IT, Software and Industrial Automation. He currently lives in London.
     

    Jane Goddard

    Group Director of Marketing and Communications, Energy Saving Trust
    Jane Goddard

    Jane is a senior marketing and communications professional with extensive marketing and communications strategy experience in high profile companies such as Hewlett Packard and Nationwide Building Society.
    At the Energy Saving Trust she has implemented a complete digital transformation leading to significant increases in engagement particularly on social media.
    The Energy Saving Trust work with consumers, businesses and a range of other organisations, including Government, to help people save energy everyday. From national campaigns on behalf of DECC to assisting businesses with their energy saving messaging Jane manages corporate, internal, commercial and consumer communications of all types to encourage energy efficient action.
     

    Kevin Byrne

    Social Media Expert, Irish Water
    Kevin Byrne

    Kevin has amassed 10 years marketing communications and digital marketing experience having worked across B2B and B2C sectors within advertising, retail banking, environmental products and commercial semi-states. Currently Kevin is the Social Media Specialist for Irish Water and is tasked with driving the adoption within the organisation of social media and the social media strategy.

    Laura Hopperton

    Digital Content Manager, South East Water Ltd
    Laura  Hopperton

    Laura began her career as an online journalist. Her passion for the digital world, particularly social media, landed her an exciting role within South East Water as their Digital Content Manager. She is currently in charge of transforming the company’s digital landscape, including their website and intranet. She has also been put in charge of transforming the company’s presence on social media – a challenge she has relished.

    Lee Bryant

    Founder, Postshift
    Lee Bryant

    Lee Bryant is passionate about using social technology to put humans front and centre of the way we do things in the Twenty-First Century and believes social networks, not bureaucracies, are the organising principle of the current era. He co-founded leading social business firm Headshift in 2002, which pioneered new uses for social technology inside companies and organisations, and now runs Post*Shift, which is dedicated to exploring the intersection between digital and social technologies and new thinking on organisational structure and culture. An accomplished speaker, Lee has delivered many keynotes, workshops and talks around the world.

    Marina Hunt

    Manager Customer & Business Performance , ESB Networks
    Marina Hunt

    Marina Hunt is Manager, Customer and Business Performance at ESB Networks Ltd. ESB Networks Ltd. is part of ESB Group and is responsible for developing, building, operating and maintaining the electricity distribution system in Ireland. The business also serves all electricity customers and suppliers in Ireland and installs, maintains and reads all electricity meters. Marina has over 15 years experience at senior management level in ESB Group, across a range of positions including Customer Services, Human Resources and Financial Services. Marina is a graduate of the College of Industrial Relations and Dublin City University.

     

    Matt Christian

    Global Lead Elevate , LinkedIn
    Matt Christian

    Following several years working within the advertising industry, Matt began his LinkedIn career in 2010 as one of the first employees in Europe, working in the Marketing Solutions division. Fast-forward just over 6 exciting years and he is now leading the launch of the Elevate Employee Advocacy platform in the EMEA region.
    Designed to broadcast content across social and professional platforms, Elevate will empower companies and their employees to become more socially engaged.
     

    Paul Sergeant

    Online Community Manager , Ecotricity
    Paul Sergeant

    Paul joined Ecotricity in 2007 after working on streaming media in entertainment and politics, event production along with moving image and sound production. Before that he worked for one of the UK’s first web design companies back in 1995 where he first started to think about online communities. He has watched the web evolve from the very early days and has always believed in its transformative and connective potential. Paul is now Online Community Manager for Ecotricity Group, looking after a diverse range of brands from an energy supplier to a football team. Ecotricity has frequently been praised for ‘doing it right’ in the utilities sector where social media is concerned.

    Phil Young

    Head of Online, TfL
    Phil Young

    Phil is Head of Online at Transport for London (TfL), creating the web, open data, social media and intranet products that serve 11 million customers and 27,000 staff. He leads on TfL’s social media portfolio for marketing, customer services and live travel information spanning over 3.5 million followers. Phil led the delivery of TfL’s mobile-first website, launched in March 2014, which is now used by 76% of Londoners. He has also been instrumental in the delivery of TfL’s open data, releasing feeds and live APIs to a community of over 6,000 registered developers, powering over 460 apps used by millions.

    Richard Ó hEadhra

    Channel Management and Analysis Specialist, Irish Water
    Richard Ó hEadhra

    Richard is a native of An Cheathrú Rua in the Conamara Gaeltacht but now lives in Wexford with his wife and son. He graduated from NUI Galway in 2003 with an honours degree in Legal Science & Irish before completing post graduates in Film & Television & later in PR Marketing & Advertising. Before assuming his current position he has worked as Social Media Community Manager in the European Parliament & Commission office in Dublin and was chosen as Ireland’s representative for the Share Europe Online project. Richard has garnered a wealth of experience across all media platforms and has also worked in television and radio production. He is also a member of Irish language rock band Rís.

    Toni Calder

    Marketing Communications Manager, UK Power Networks
    Toni Calder

    Toni Calder has worked at UK Power Networks for over five years in a variety of marketing communications and customer services roles. Toni is a Chartered Marketer and is currently responsible for UK Power Networks marketing communications and digital strategy. This includes managing social media and constantly striving to improve these channels for UK Power Networks customers. Managing the corporate website and driving improvements across SEO, blogs, self service, content and video. As well as managing and maintaining a high level of quality around the UK Power Networks brand both internally and externally through offline communication materials - ensuring consistency and accuracy. Toni’s recent achievements are winning the ‘Digital Utilities award’ at the 2014 Utility Week awards. As well as ‘Best Consumer Website’ and ‘Best use of social media for customers service’ in Corporate Communications Digi Awards.

    Wendy Eyre

    Social Media Manager , E.ON
    Wendy Eyre

    Wendy joined E.ON’s Digital team in early 2014 having previously worked in IT services, financial services and the public sector. She’s got a particular expertise in social media and web content management and has commissioned and developed digital content for multiple platforms.

    William Ancell

    Web Manager, Scottish Water
    William Ancell

    William has 13 years experience of website management, social media and public relations. He has worked for British Gas, the Sea Fish Industry Authority and currently works for Scottish Water as Web Manager. Prior to taking on his current role he was Senior Press Officer at Scottish Water. He is interested in how PR, social media and websites can work together to provide a cohesive and positive customer experience. His current work is a root and branch redevelopment of the Scottish Water website to provide a responsive platform for mobile and desktop that will deliver a more interactive customer gateway

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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