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Jobs in learning & development focus on providing and managing job-related training to employees and individuals.
As such, learning & development jobs involve developing a workforce’s capabilities and practical skills – with roles including everything from the design and management of learning programmes, to the practical delivery of training.
Learning & development offers a wide range of jobs, both at junior and senior level – meaning it’s a great career path to pursue for people at all stages in their career.
Although learning & development jobs may vary slightly depending on rank and company structures, the core responsibilities remain similar. As a learning & development professional, your job will be to identify training and development needs within an organisation through job analysis, appraisal schemes and regular consultation with business managers and HR departments.
A job in learning & development may also involve the designing and expanding of training and development programmes based on the needs of the company and the individual. A learning & development professional also typically works within a team to produce programmes that are satisfactory to all relevant parties in a company, such as Line Managers, HR and the board.
It goes without saying that those who work in learning & development are also heavily involved with the production of materials for in-house training courses, amending and revising programmes and managing the delivery of learning & development programmes.
In more senior learning & development job roles, individuals may devise a training strategy for the company, build training programmes from scratch (from the initial idea through planning, implementation, review and outcomes analysis) and delegate work to other members of the learning & development team, and work closely with and influence senior leaders and stakeholders.
Because it’s within every employer’s best interest to have a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, jobs for learning & development professionals can be found across a diverse range of companies. These workplaces include commercial firms, educational institutions, and the National Health Service.
Learning & development jobs can also be found in law and financial firms, retail companies, central and local government, training consultancies, manufacturing organisations and technology training providers.
Although you may not need a specific degree or higher national diploma to get a job in learning & development, you will more often than not be required to have at least three or four years' experience in a related role such as Assistant Training Officer or Training Administrator.
Specialisation in learning and development often follows general HR experience, and new graduates aren't always recruited straight into a learning & development job. It's fairly common to work your way up from roles such as HR Advisor, Recruitment Consultant, Assistant Training Officer or Training Administrator.
When it comes to securing a job in learning & development, the level of experience you’ll be required to have will strongly depend on the specific role you’re applying for – but anything that demonstrates your leadership and motivational skills is likely to boost your application. Pursuing qualifications by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) can also help individuals secure jobs in Learning & Development
For those who are new to the industry, taking a foundation-level qualification in learning and development is a good step towards landing a job in this field. The Level 3 qualification (Certificate or Diploma) is aimed at people starting out in a career in Learning & Development, or who are working in a learning and development support job role and want to enhance their knowledge and skills. It's also possible to take the Level 5 intermediate-level qualification (foundation degree level).
When appointing individuals to learning & development jobs, many employers will look for people with a specific set of skills. As a Learning & Development professional, your job will primarily involve working with people, therefore interpersonal skills that enable you to work with people at all levels of a business, motivate others and change people's attitudes when necessary is essential.
Learning & Development professionals can also benefit from strong team-working skills and a collaborative approach to learning, both face-to-face and remotely, as well as personal commitment to improving their own knowledge and skills and a passion for continuing learning & development.
Learning & Development is an exciting career path to pursue, with many opportunities to pursue jobs across the in-house or consultancy landscape.
Because a skilled and knowledgeable workforce is essential to success of any business, Learning & Development jobs can be found in a wide range of sectors, including Technology, Manufacturing, Retail and Professional Services.
Starting salaries for learning & development jobs vary slightly depending on the company and location, but can typically range from £25,000 to £30,000 per year. Meanwhile, a Learning & Development Officer with a few years’ job experience can expect to earn between £30,000 and £45,000 per year. Salaries for senior jobs in learning & development are in the range of £45,000 to £65,000.
To reach the highest job role levels in learning & development, you need to show great personal achievements within the field of training and development. It may be necessary to move from small companies to pursue learning & development jobs within larger ones in order to progress. Proven career management skills may be necessary to take advantage of career development opportunities.
Another option to further your career in learning & development is to move into related work such as Human Resources or General Management. With experience, you may decide to set up your own business as a self-employed Consultant.
Your own personal development is essential to progression. Documenting any continuing professional development you undertake, whether you attend conferences, complete short courses or add to your qualifications will help you demonstrate how invested you are in your own learning and development to improve your job performance.
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