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Reflecting of the event that was held on the 8th Oct 2012 in London and kindly hosted by BILD Member – Transport For London.

The theme was “L&D Looking to the Future” and it didn’t disappoint. 

Profiles of the Speakers can be found HERE

All slides from the day can be found in the members only area. to access this you must first become an member.

This was one of the best CPD events of the year, Paul Matthews kicked the day off with a run back though time, talking about how L&D professionals used to be called trainers now they are capability managers, and spoke about how in the future L&D Managers and HR Managers would report into Capability Directors.

Next Up Blessing Enakimo talked about her experiences working within the ever changing needs of the NHS and demonstrated how different public sector working really is.

Mike Collins then spoke about communities and how that can underline the informal learning networks that are currently emerging.

And lastly Frances Ferguson spoke about the data that she’d collected in a survey and how this demonstrated the thinking of stakeholders connected with L&D and highlighted some interesting data which needs to shape the thinking of Future of L&D.

My “Take away” for the day was in Schools sharing is called cheating, in the workplace sharing is called collaboration – we need to rethink how we view sharing at an early age.


Our thanks go out to all of the speakers at the event, to our hosts Transport for London and to Cath Convery for Chairing the day.


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Someone I was speaking to on this week was ranting because they were forced to go on an appraisal training day, even though they have been appraising people for many, many years. In fact all of the Management team felt like this, yet HR had decided that no appraisal training had been booked for some years so some must be required. No training needs analysis just blanket training for all managers some of which are product managers and have no staff or direct reports.

In this company the HR department runs the Learning and Development (L&D) function, therefore it tends to have a more regulatory approach and not delivering what the business actually needs.

In some organisations that I speak to HR and L&D are being split apart from each other, now this may raise a cheer among some L&D professionals as it give them the opportunity to shine and get the professional recognition that is deserved.

However, hold your cheers and put away your banners because in most organisations L&D is a wing of HR.

I pose the question, and its a challenging one, should HR be part of L&D rather than the other way around?

The reason I suggest this is that L&D is in a position in an organisation that means it can cut across the internal politics and lacks the “Company Policeman” image that HR is tarnished with. 

So what might a company look like if it redesigned the organisational layout to get HR to report to L&D? Could it work? Could the L&D director manage the HR Dept? 

What might the results be? Certainly costly blanket training wouldn’t be rolled out whether the business needs it or not, and there would be a greater focus on staff personal development. But could it work? Has it orked somewhere? 

If you are in an organisation where L&D runs the HR function I’d like to speak to you and publish a case study. 

Rich Wootten

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How do you keep up with your CPD?

One of my relatives was a builder and as such the family had a half build wall in their front garden for years, when I ran my own HR Practice my accountant was late with his own accounts, and a friend of mine is a GP who never looks after his own health!

I’ve come to the conclusion that many professionals are great a delivering the professional service that they are trained to do but when it comes to applying that professional service to their home or own business they tend not to, regardless of how good they might be. Or to coin a Scottish phrase I picked up “The cobblers wanes are always the worst shod”.

As Learning and Development professionals we ensure that our learners keep up to date with their Learning and Development and ensure that they hit the CPD that they need, but can you hand on heart say that you keep up to date with your own CPD?

The British Institute for Learning and Development provides our members with 6 free CPD events per year, they are spread out across the UK in order that our members can get to at least one per year. 

In the last year our CPD events have been themed around: 

  • Driving UK Performance – Oxford
  • Running a Training Organisation in Difficult times – London 
  • Building a Widget (ROLE) – Milton Keynes
  • Why Mobile Learning may be more important than you think – West Midlands
  • How do drive a coaching culture in your organisation – Reading
  • How to deliver an outstanding Customer experience – Manchester
  • A number of Webinars on Delivering Quality

Our next one is themed L&D looking to the future – on the 8th Oct in London. To book click HERE – for this event we are allowing non members to attend free of charge!

We also have a few other coming up between now and Feb 2013: 

  • L&D Investment or Gambling
  • L&D Learning to do Business overseas

So BILD members have no excuse for letting their CPD slip, what is your excuse? What will you do today to rectify that?

Rich Wootten –
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Every year we support the World of Learning Conference and Exhibition or WOLCE as it is shortened to. 

This year is the 20th WOLCE and this year we’ve secured a members pavilion in addition to our area.

For many years now we our Trustees have given their time and expertises free of charge as part of the Seminar Program, Our free seminars are well attended, very useful and delivered by industry experts. 

Details of our four free seminars can be found HERE

Show your support for the BILD by coming along to one of our excellent seminars at WOLCE.

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