Training of future business professionals requires overhaul – ACCA

KARACHI (August 17, 2009) – The speed of business in the 21st century means that management training and development will have to alter drastically according to 'The future of professional development', the latest report in ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Insight Series.

According to the report, if continuous professional development programmes are to be fit for purpose, keep up with regulatory change and provide acceptable returns on the hundreds of millions of dollars invested each year, then a radical overhaul is needed.

Tony Osude, acting director of professional development at ACCA said: “The set piece ‘talk and chalk’ lectures cannot survive. Business professionals need immediate access to good quality information, and they need to know how to apply it to their work.”

Mr Arif Masud Mirza, Head of ACCA Paksitan said that “Accountants are operating in a very different environment and we believe all professional development programmes should reflect this. Although there will always be a place for traditional classroom learning, the way they are taught is going to fundamentally change. The generation entering the profession now is far more technologically adept, and the business benefits of using technology to teach are compelling – it’s really about organisations getting the training blend right.”

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