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Learning and development

Rachel Sharp Editor's message: Organisations will benefit from a competitive advantage if they develop their workforce - from apprentices through to future business leaders.

Access to learning and development opportunities not only enables employees to improve their knowledge and skills, but can also increase their engagement. It can also be a useful tool in retaining staff in a time of skills shortages and a strong labour market.

Investing in learning and development to remain competitive, or to implement a specific initiative such as a programme of leadership development, are key reasons for organisations to increase spending in this area. For organisations seeking to cut back on training spend, there are alternatives to simply reducing the output of their training activities - including making more use of online and informal learning methods.

Whatever the learning and development initiative, don't forget to pay attention to the most appropriate method of learning delivery, and evaluate the outcomes to ensure that your organisation receives value for money and meets business needs.

Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor

New and updated

  • Is succession planning an outdated concept?

    Date:
    8 January 2020
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Succession planning often focuses on key leaders in the organisation. But in a changing business environment, planning for the future needs to be far more strategic and widespread, argues Miecha Ranea Forbes.

  • Coaching

    Type:
    Good practice manual

    Good practice guidance discussing the use of coaching in workplace settings to raise employees' awareness of different perspectives and increase their ability to take responsibility for their own development.

  • L&D complacency risks UK firms' competitiveness with global counterparts

    Date:
    28 November 2019
    Type:
    News

    Employers in the UK risk losing talent to organisations in emerging economies if they do not increase investment in learning and development to keep pace with digital transformation.

  • Apprenticeships: Challenges and opportunities for local authorities

    Date:
    12 November 2019
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    We look at the challenges that local authorities face in meeting the public sector apprenticeship target, alongside the opportunities that apprenticeships can present for local government employers.

  • Organisations need more 'connector' managers to succeed

    Date:
    19 September 2019
    Type:
    News

    Almost half (45%) of managers lack the confidence to help employees acquire the skills they need, according to analyst firm Gartner.

  • Businesses 'crying out' for apprenticeship levy clarity

    Date:
    18 September 2019
    Type:
    News

    The apprenticeship levy system needs to be more accessible and transparent and standards need to be reviewed regularly if the scheme is to have a future beyond 2020, the CBI has suggested.

  • Quarter of employers 'let down' by apprenticeship providers

    Date:
    13 September 2019
    Type:
    News

    A quarter of HR and L&D managers have been let down by their apprenticeship training provider, indicating that some might be under-delivering on the promises they have made to employers.

  • Missing out on training means low-skilled workers lose out on thousands

    Date:
    11 September 2019
    Type:
    News

    Employees that can't access training get trapped under a 'skills ceiling' that means they lose out on almost £12,000 a year in earnings, according to the Association of Accounting Technicians.

  • Learning and development: XpertHR survey 2019

    Date:
    28 August 2019
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    XpertHR research investigates UK employers' learning and development strategy, provision and priorities and their use of coaching.

  • Future skills framework to be developed

    Date:
    15 August 2019
    Type:
    News

    A framework for "essential" skills - such as teamwork, presenting and problem-solving - will be developed by a new task force to help inform employers' future hiring criteria and plans for progression.