Survey Report

Learning and development 2015

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Learning and development 2015

Published May 2015

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Our 2015 survey sets out the findings of the CIPD’s seventeenth annual Learning and development survey, examining current practices and trends within learning and development.

One of the highlights this year is L&D capability gaps (such as analytical and technological skills) and many report a lack of confidence in using learning technology and yet also predict growth in areas such as e-learning, virtual classrooms and social learning.

"It’s clear that if we are to maximise the value of our investments,
we need to make sure we have the right skills in place first.
The importance of ‘L&D for L&D’ should not be underestimated."

Content of the report


Summary of key findings
  • The role and purpose of learning and development (L&D)
  • Trends in L&D practices and methods
  • Learning technologies
  • Leadership development
  • Talent management
  • The development of L&D professionals
  • Assessing the impact of L&D activity
  • Economic situation and L&D resources
Conclusions and insights

Background to the survey

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"Three-quarters of organisations use learning technologies. Only one in four (24%) say they are extremely or very confident in their ability to use technology to increase L&D effectiveness."


Annual surveys

Provides benchmarking data covering trends and developments in key areas of HR practice.