Training & Development

Main Topics of Study

Understanding the field

  • Themes and Issues
  • Gateways
  • Historical Context
  • Current Trends
  • Learning and Development in Practice

National Frameworks/Workforce Development Skills and Strategies

  • Workforce Development and Strategies
  • Workforce Development Initiatives

The Education System and Lifelong Learning

  • Schools, Further and Higher Education
  • Education and Employers
  • Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Understanding the Learner and Learning

  • Age of the Trainer and Age of the Learner
  • Tasks for the Learning and Development Professional

Linking Learning and Development to Performance

  • Motivation and Performance
  • People and Organisational Performance
  • Management and Development of Performance
  • Types of Learning and Achievement

Organisational Learning Events

  • Understanding and Applying the 8-stage Process

Promoting Workplace Learning

  • Concepts of Knowledge
  • The Learning Organisation
  • The Knowledge Productive Organisation

Ethical Practice

  • Ethics, Human Resource Practice and Business
  • Learning and Development Practice and the Good Employer
  • Ethical Issues
  • Managing Diversity

Learning and Development Agenda

  • The Organisational Setting: SMEs, Public Sector, Voluntary and Community Sectors

Learning and Development Function

  • Structure and Organisation
  • The Way Forward
  • Roles and Functions

Learning and Development Strategy

  • Producing a Strategy, Planning and Supporting and Adopting the Customer-face Approach

Adding Value

  • Defining Added Value, Aligning this to People, Engaging People and Measuring Added Value

Learning and Development Partnerships

  • Definition and Outcomes


  • Career Management, Development and the Individual

Leaders and Managers

  • Corporate Leadership
  • Roles and Tasks
  • Leadership and Management Development – the Context and Ownership

Challenges for Learning and Development