L&D professionals face an exciting, but challenging future

The CIPD’s research shows:

  • a greater demand for increased business knowledge and commercial awareness
  • growth in the use of technology and online learning
  • increased requirements for analytical skills to effectively use information and metrics
  • tensions in getting the best from traditional methods whilst pioneering innovations
  • demands in maintaining up-to-date knowledge of new insights, theories and technologies.

So how can L&D professionals stay at the forefront of practice and thinking?

The two most effective methods for professional development reported by L&D professionals are external conferences, workshops and events, and social and collaborative learning. For that reason, CIPD has launched and is expanding its innovative Leaders in Learning network.

Data and Analytics in Learning

Several reports have highlighted the need for better awareness and application of data and analytics, amongst others:

The research demonstrates the benefits of a more data driven and evidence-based practice. These include better assessment of learning needs, building strong business cases, identifying appropriate learning solutions and proving the value L&D can bring.

How can the L&D profession use data to gain insight and make the right business decisions to measure learning and drive business performance?  

Join us at our next round of leaders in learning where we will explore:

  • what are data and metrics and where to find them?
  • how to use data and metrics to focus learning on business outcomes
  • practical ideas for L&D professionals to leverage data and metrics.

We hope to see you there.

May/June 2019 event dates

  • 16 May: London (18:00-20:00)
  • 21 May: Manchester (18:30-20:30)
  • 29 May: Webinar (19:00-20:00)
  • 4 June: Webinar (10:00-11:00)

How to attend

If you are interested in attending, please email us at leadersinlearning@cipd.co.uk with your details and the location of the event you’d like to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Catch-up webinar

We're running a one hour webinar at the end of each topic if you can’t make it to the face to face event or if you live overseas. Please note that the webinar will not replace the face to face sessions as there won’t be the opportunity to network.

The CIPD Leaders in Learning Network is an invitation-only group for those L&D professionals leading learning in their organisation or leading practice as a consultant.

The group runs free-to-attend events 3-4 times a year in various locations within the UK for CIPD members and non-members.

These events give leaders the opportunity to:

  • network with other senior L&D leaders
  • focus on a specific L&D theme, with input from a subject expert followed by peer discussion
  • gain first-hand updates on CIPD research and initiatives
  • hear short presentations from network members to showcase innovative practice
  • socialise over food, wine and refreshments.

The network is consulted to shape the CIPD's L&D initiatives, and there are opportunities to take part in additional peer 'learning sets' and 'hackathons' to support thinking and innovation.

If you can demonstrate that you're a leader in learning and would like to be part of the Network please email us at leadersinlearning@cipd.co.uk confirming your role, organisation name and address, and some brief detail on how you're currently responsible for leading learning. Please note that we aim to respond within 48hrs.

The group is targeted at those in learning leadership roles, but if you don't fit this criteria and want to network with other L&D practitioners, stay informed on new developments and research within L&D and continue your own professional development, you'll find our Future of HR and Learning hub a great resource.

The Future of HR and Learning is a subscription-based hub of bite-sized digital content, curated by experts in the fields of HR and L&D. It's packed full of practical resources designed to support your CPD.

You can also stay connected by following us on Twitter #CIPDLiL where you will find blogs, information and insights from events.