Why is personal development important?

Personal and professional development courses are designed to maximise your career potential by enhancing and expanding your skillset.

Courses cover the most common areas of development, from how to improve self-discipline to time management skills. These softer interpersonal skills demonstrate a clear commitment to self-improvement and career development to employers. As such, a personal development diploma helps to boost any candidate’s CV.

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Personal Development Courses

Health and Safety Essentials

This is a flexible study course, so you’ll have the freedom to study whenever suits you. The interactive e-learning system makes this an extremely accessible…

General Office Skills Courses

Leadership Skills

If you are new to management or looking to broaden your opportunities, this course will provide key insights into successful leadership and how to make…

Personal Development Courses

Time Management

Time management training increases your productivity and efficiency. This is the ideal course for anyone who wants to get more done in less time.

Personal Development Courses

Professional Development Award

This is an exciting Award that could open up a world of opportunity for your career. It puts the control in your hands, and allows…

Personal Development Courses

Applying for Jobs

This one-day seminar is perfect for anyone who is looking to apply for a new job. You will learn how to write an unmissable CV…

Personal Development Courses

Appraisal Skills

This one-day seminar is perfect for anyone who is required to learn more about the importance of an effective appraisal - both for the appraisee…

Personal Development Courses

Better Business Letters

This one-day seminar is perfect for anyone who needs to improve their business writing skills. You will concentrate on developing the skills required to create…

Personal Development Courses

Better Business Writing Skills Workshop

This one-day workshop is suitable for anyone who writes as part of their job but who feels they could improve their skills, or gain confidence…

Personal Development Courses

Business Writing Skills

This one-day seminar is held at our five Pitman Training Centres in Scotland and covers a variety of different types of business documents. Delegates are…

Personal Development Courses

Communication Skills

Learn the key components of communication in the workplace.

What is a personal development plan (PDP)?

A personal development plan is a structured framework that guides you towards reaching your personal goals.

In drawing up a personal development plan, you review the qualities you already have, identify the ones you need, and strategise ways to realistically add those desired qualities to your skillset.

The most effective way to reach your goals is to take a Pitman personal development skills training course. You not only learn the techniques for personal and professional development, but you also receive the full support of our online and in-centre training advisors along the way, too.

Why choose a Pitman Training personal development course?

  • Pitman Training is well-respected among employers, giving personal development trainees a significant competitive edge.
  • Our range of personal development courses covers everything from business writing to leadership skills. Personal and professional development courses often pairs well with time management courses.
  • Our personal development skills centres can be found across the UK, with courses running all year long. Alternatively, if you would prefer to learn how to improve productivity at home, you can join personal development courses online.
  • All our Pitman personal development training courses are CPD- accredited, earning you valuable CPD points that are highly regarded among employers.
  • Get started with your personal development course anytime you like. Whether it is full-time or part-time, you study at your own pace on a flexible schedule.
  • Enjoy full support from the Pitman team. Our personal development course advisors are on hand at your local Pitman training centre to assist both online and in-centre.

What transferable skills will I gain from a personal development course?

Studying a Pitman personal development course grants you a range of transferrable skills that apply to almost every job role.

Some of the transferable skills you will learn with a Pitman personal development course are:

  • Effective communication skills for the workplace
  • Improved self-discipline and time management
  • Better business writing and reporting skills
  • Improved interview etiquette
  • Self-confidence in new tasks/challenges
  • Establishing an all-round positive attitude

Personal and professional development courses available

Our personal development courses and seminars cover a wide range of goals, including general aspirations, professional improvement, and role- specific ambitions.

Our customer care seminar, for instance, is essential for those who work in a customer-facing role but may not currently have full confidence in their abilities.

People working in administrative roles could benefit from taking our business development seminars, which include report writingbusiness letters, and business writing training.

Had a career change or recently been promoted? Our assertivenessleadership, and supervisory skills seminars boost your staff-management performance, while our appraisalscommunication, and stress management courses are ideal for those wishing to thrive in an elevated role.

Our range of personal development courses are available to study in your local training centre, or as eLearning courses through the myPitmanportal.

Finally, don’t forget to check back in. We recommend revisiting our personal development training courses at least twice a year, to ensure you are continuously developing your career.

Whichever personal development course you choose, whether online or in-centre, our experienced course advisors are with you every step of the way. Just get in touch for a free, friendly career consultation with the training experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a tutor-led training seminar a better way for you to learn?

Absolutely, tutor-led seminars, commonly known as instructor-led training sessions, offer an engaging and interactive approach to learning. Led by seasoned professionals, these sessions ensure a deeper understanding of the subject matter, providing immediate feedback and personalized attention. Whether it’s employee training or corporate skill development, these instructor-led sessions encourage direct interaction, fostering an environment conducive to active learning. At Pitman Training, our extensive collection of tutor-led training videos combines the flexibility of online learning with the live guidance of expert instructors.

Are the courses approved?

Yes our courses are accredited by awarding bodies and accepted by all employers.

When do the courses start?

We have monthly intakes for every course, please enquire to find out more.

I work nights, can I study part-time?

Yes, we recommend all our students allocate 8 to 10 hours per week. All our courses take up to 3 months to complete and our diplomas take up to 1 year.

Who will train me?

Some of our certifications are studied online using our interactive platform and some of our diplomas are conducted via online seminars.

Do I study online or at a training centre?

We offer a blended learning approach. Our courses and diplomas can be studied remotely from the comfort of your own home. You also have the option to also study in our centers if you prefer face-to-face learning.

If I fail an exam?

One re-sit is provided for our courses. However, we have a very high pass rates in completing the assessments.

Can I pay back over a period of time?

Yes, we offer various payment plans up to 36 months to help split the cost over a manageable period of time.

What is the cost?

Our costs vary for our courses and diplomas and start from as little as £20 per month over a 36-month payment plan period. Fill in the form to find out more.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

A great diploma that can help open the doors to a variety of careers thanks to its unique tailor-made set up. You could work towards any number of office administration type careers in roles such as Medical Secretary, Legal Secretary, PA, EA or Office Manager. Alternatively, you could utilise the skills gained to kick-start a rewarding career in an accounting role with positions such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant or Finance Assistant.

Pitman Training Course Enquiry

For further information and pricing please fill in your details below and we will get back to you as soon as we can, or call the team on 0161 907 6724.

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