Planning Your Learning and Development Goals for the New Year

The Friday 5

Each Friday, Raytheon Professional Services highlights five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending amongst your industry peers.

The Future of the Learning Function by Thomas Handcock, Warren Howlett, and Jean Martin
Today’s learning leaders have to be prepared to change. At some point they may need to adjust development offerings based on learner or participant feedback. Programs that were once well-attended may need to be discarded or upgraded if they don’t match the new business environment or, say, the expectations of a key employee demographic, such as millennials, a group that’s increasing in numbers in the workforce. Business priorities change, companies expand into emerging markets, employees need learning delivered across multiple channels and may require different skills. Delivery methods have to change, too, or risk becoming irrelevant.

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London SMEs and training providers need to work better together by Seun Robert-Edomi
The report looks at 17 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and 26 training providers in London and identifies the success and challenges of their partnership work in providing apprenticeships and work experience for leaners. The report, Engaging small and medium enterprises in work experience and apprenticeships in London, finds that training providers in the city find it challenging to encourage SMEs to provide work experience and apprenticeship opportunities. Providers also found it difficult to source enough work experience placements for learners with employers, sometimes creating fierce competition between learners for places.

Establish Good L&D Goals Upfront by David Vance
January is the start of a new fiscal year for many organizations. This makes it a great time to reflect on the importance of setting good goals for your outcome, effectiveness, and efficiency measures — basically all the measures that are really important to you for 2015. Too many practitioners still focus primarily — or in many cases exclusively — on trying to determine or demonstrate the value of their training initiative after it is completed. While an after-action review is certainly warranted for key programs, more attention needs to be paid upfront to what you want to achieve. In fact, if you have limited resources, it would be better to spend more time upfront setting good goals than to spend time after the program is deployed determining its actual impact.

Framing Leadership: Insight from the Key Executive Program by Don Bathurst
Leadership is a word often thrown around when talking about organizations. Many times leadership and management are used interchangeably. Although both are critically important to an organization’s success, they are significantly different in other ways. Management essentially defines the organization. It describes the structure, roles, processes, measures, and controls that govern the operations of an organization. In addition, management typically relies on a hierarchical system. Leadership, however, is equally—and sometimes more—important to organizational success.

Is Training & Development the Right Career for You? by Sue Kaiden
Are you wondering whether or not a career in training & development is for you? Maybe you’re in a job that you dislike, but you’ve developed some training programs and really enjoyed it. Perhaps you’re a college student wondering what type of career fits your skills, or a teacher who would rather teach adults. Or, maybe you are a trainer but unsure if it’s the right fit. If any of these descriptions sound like you, read on. To be sure, a career in training and development can be satisfying. But in order to enjoy and excel at it, you should have at least some of the following skills and personality traits.

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