Choosing the right solution for your needs – we explore the personal development vs skills-based training conundrum

One of the questions we get asked a lot is why choose personal development programmes over skills-based training? Investing in skills is very important, but technical competency must be supported by personal effectiveness and be sustainable over the longer term. As such, they are both equally important and should be invested in together.

We understand how difficult it can be to organise training and budgets, against the varying demands from different stakeholders, restrictions, perceived outcomes and finding the right partner that fits the right programme.

“Around 77% of people believe in the power of personal development and self-improvement and consider it essential for their careers.” wifitalents.com

Top 10 reasons to invest in personal & professional development

We take a look at the top 10 reasons we think you should consider personal and professional development programmes as part of your training plan and budget, to support your people develop themselves in the areas they need it most as well as any skills-based training regimes to ensure these are effective.

10 reasons you should consider personal and professional development programmes

1. Holistic Development

Personal development programmes focus on the overall growth of an individual, addressing both professional skills and personal attributes such as emotional intelligence, leadership, and time management. This holistic approach ensures that individuals are well-rounded, enhancing their ability to apply technical skills effectively.

2. Enhanced Soft Skills

Skills-based training often emphasises technical skills, but personal development programmes complement this by enhancing soft skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptability. These soft skills are crucial for workplace success and are often what differentiate good employees from great ones.

3. Increased Motivation and Engagement

Personal development initiatives often include goal-setting, self-reflection, and motivational strategies. These elements can boost an individual’s engagement and motivation, making them more likely to actively participate in skills-based training and apply what they learn.

4. Better Adaptability

The modern workplace is dynamic, with constant changes and new challenges. Our programmes help individuals build resilience, adaptability, and a growth mindset, which are essential for continuously updating and applying new skills learned in training courses.

5. Improved Job Performance

When personal development is integrated with skills training, employees are better equipped to perform their job roles effectively. They have the personal attributes needed to excel, such as greater confidence, ethical behaviour, and a proactive approach.

6. Leadership Development

For those in or aspiring to leadership positions, personal development is critical. Leadership skills such as strategic thinking and conflict resolution are covered in our programmes, which can support leaders in teams and projects more effectively. Why not check out our Authentic Leader programmes?

7. Career Advancement

Personal development programmes help individuals identify their career goals and develop a plan to achieve them, creating a new sense of direction. By aligning personal growth with skills development, individuals are better positioned for promotions and new opportunities within their organisations.


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    8. Organisational Benefits

    From an organisational perspective, investing in our programmes alongside skills training leads to a more competent, and loyal workforce. This can result in higher productivity, better team dynamics, and lower turnover rates.

    9. Continuous Learning Culture

    A culture of continuous learning and self-improvement encourages employees to keep upgrading their skills and knowledge, which is essential in today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving job market. Tools such as personal development plan templates really support this!

    10. Employee Well-being

    Finally, personal development programmes often address aspects of well-being, including stress management, work-life balance, and mental health. A well-supported employee is more likely to be productive and satisfied, leading to a healthier and more positive work environment.

    Our Programmes

    Our personal development programmes support skills-based courses by ensuring individuals are highly skilled and personally equipped. This comprehensive approach leads to better job performance, career satisfaction, and overall organisational success.

    Check out our personal and professional development programmes that have been designed to tackle barriers that exist both at home and in the workplace, with specific courses aimed to support women and men with the unique and gendered challenges they face with our Springboard and Navigator work and personal development programmes.

    Did you know? As well as our open and bespoke closed programmes, you can deliver our tried and tested development programmes yourself! Take a look at our trainer licensing opportunities to find out more!