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.

The theme for the next round of CIPD Leaders in Learning network meetings running in November 2018 is: 'Learning technology … putting learners at the heart of solutions'.

Many organisations are taking advantage of digital solutions to enhance their learning and development strategies. However, learning technology is often implemented from an organisational perspective rather than with a focus on learner needs.

We will explore the opportunities and challenges for technology to support learners through:

  • Flexibility - providing options for self-direction, anytime, anywhere
  • Accessibility - empowering for unique learners needs
  • Immediacy - integrating learning into the flow of work

The session will also reflect on findings from the CIPD report: The future of technology and learning.

Special event: The CIPD leaders in Learning event in Milton Keynes on Tuesday 27 November 2018 will come together with CIPD’s own Milton Keynes branch Learning Matters Special Interest Group to explore ‘How to create and amazing learning culture’.

Much is written about learning culture and many organisations claim to have created one. However, effective learning cultures tend to be very rare. 

This event will share the journey of HMY Group (UK) towards their implementation of a learning culture that works. 328 people – the whole company – have been involved from concept through delivery of the learning, development and transformation process.

November 2018 event dates

  • 6 November: Manchester (18:30-20:45)
  • 21 November: Loughborough (18:00-20:30)
  • 22 November: Edinburgh (18:00-20:30)
  • 27 November: Milton Keynes (18:00-21:00)
  • 28 November: Norwich (12:00-14:30)
  • 29 November: London (18:00-20:30)

How to attend

To attend one of these invite-only events, 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!

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.