Learning and development describes the many learning activities that take place in the workplace. These include ‘training’ which is often described as mandatory or statutory and helps employees develop their understanding and skills.
‘Education’ or ‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’ are often used to describe the ongoing learning required for a particular profession such as nursing and can be linked to professional registration.
Lifelong learning is much broader and includes learning that isn’t necessarily required for your role, but will can make a big difference to your work.
Why does it matter to employers?
Training, CPD and lifelong learning have an important part to play in creating a healthy workplace.
Mandatory or statutory training can help demonstrate compliance with relevant legislation such as health and safety laws or safeguarding. It can also reduce costs in terms of accident reduction and claims.
There is a strong link between learning and wellbeing. Learning events which focus on areas such as mental health, smoking cessation and weight loss encourage staff to take ownership of their health and harness the support of their colleagues in order to achieve their targets.
Developing the numeracy, literacy and digital technology skills of employees can also reap benefits by improving productivity, innovation and retention. Learning a new hobby or skill can also help someone to ‘switch off’.
Does your organisation actively promote learning and development?