Identifying learning and development (L&D) needs involves the assessment of employee capabilities alongside an understanding of current or anticipated gaps in knowledge or skills. This analysis can be conducted at the individual, team or organisational level. In any case, the outcomes can identify the appropriate learning provisions required to enable sustained business performance and should be closely aligned to the overall organisation strategy.

This factsheet examines the basics of identifying L&D needs, including guidance on how to conduct a capability analysis and suggested methods for collecting and making use of the data. It also provides insight for those operating in smaller organisations into addressing their particular challenges in identifying learning and development needs.

CIPD viewpoint

How are learning and development needs identified?

Preparing for a learning needs analysis

Collecting and using the data

Learning needs analysis for smaller organisations


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This factsheet was last updated by CIPD staff.

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