Managed learning services: 5 common false assumptions

In an ever changing and challenging business world, many companies are increasing investment in maintaining and growing their market position and this often means investing in internal Learning and Development (L&D) resources and programmes. This can be enhanced by using Managed Learning Services (MLS), which is one of the most cost effective and efficient resources at an L&D manager’s disposal, yet despite its success, is often clouded with misconceptions.

Any learning can present its own unique management challenges by requiring a certain skill set that may not always be available internally or is much needed elsewhere in the business, so drawing on essential expertise from an external dedicated resource rather than taking your in-house professionals away from business critical involvement, makes perfect sense.

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Proving the Value of Learning and Development to the Board

The Value of Learning and Development

Everybody, no matter the nature of their business, likes to think they have recruited the best employees. By the same token you would be hard pressed to find a management team who wouldn’t like employee performance to be improved. Knowing how to perform your job efficiently is only half the battle; it’s vital for both your bottom line and your employees’ best interests that they keep moving forwards and, in so doing, help your business to do the same. This is why learning and development is such an important aspect of any business and why it is such a tragedy that the two are so often overlooked in the rush for short-term profit and efficiency.

Of course, getting long-term decisions past your Board can be a job in itself, though in the case of proving the importance of training and the Value of Learning and Development it really needn’t be, as long as you remember a few important facts and statistics.

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Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection

The belief in learning styles is so widespread, it is considered to be common sense. Few people ever challenge this belief, which has been deeply ingrained in our educational system. Teachers are routinely told that in order to be effective educators, they must identify & cater to individual students’ learning styles; it is estimated that around 90% of students believe that they have a specific learning style but research suggests that learning styles don’t actually exist! This presentation focuses on debunking this myth via research findings, explaining how/why the belief in learning styles is problematic, and examining the reasons why the belief persists despite the lack of evidence.  Continue reading “Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection”

Managed Learning Services: How to implement

After all the decisions regarding the Managed Learning Services have been made it is time to implement it. Like any strategy, there are various steps that need to be completed in order for the strategy to run smoothly. We have come up with the following 5 steps that need to be accomplished to implement the best Managed Learning Service. Continue reading “Managed Learning Services: How to implement”

Successfully sustaining the Learning & Development Strategy

After implementation of your plan you need to sustain the plan and in an ideal world, this should run with little input from yourself. If this was a reality you would be able to review objectively and manage the direction of the plan without any major work being required. Unfortunately, this does not always happen so you need to be aware of the pitfalls and areas where extra attention may need to be provided.  Continue reading “Successfully sustaining the Learning & Development Strategy”

Implementing the L&D strategy

A good idea is about ten percent  implementation,  hard work and luck is 90 percent – Guy Kawasaki

Having a well- considered plan and one that is implemented effectively will go a long way towards the success of your strategy; we recommend that your plan is written to include these 5 key areas:  Continue reading “Implementing the L&D strategy”

L&D departments – why you should embrace working with a Managed Learning Service provider

You are being asked to work with a Managed Learning Service provider.

Who will take on the management of L&D activity such as sourcing training, booking administration and supporting employees with their learning needs.

But hang on a minute, that’s your job isn’t it? 

Or is it?
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4 things to consider when outsourcing your training

We understand that training is essential for the successful future of a company, and that therefore outsourcing training is a major decision. To help, we’ve made a simple list of 4 key points to consider.  This guide will help make sure your outsourcing works well!
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7 tips to stretch the value of your training budget


Do you have trouble achieving everything you want in your L&D department with the budget you currently have? If you answered yes to this question you are in the vast majority. With the current lean times continuing longer than most companies expected, very few L&D budgets are being increased after the cuts over the last few years (CIPD 2013).

With expectations and costs increasing however, how do you keep hitting targets with what you have got? Here is our list of 7 things you can do to make your training budget go further. Continue reading “7 tips to stretch the value of your training budget”

The Leitch Review

The Leitch Review

The following is a summary of a white paper written by learndirect called The Leitch Review. The full paper can be downloaded here and this is something we would really recommend as it is a great insight into the report. However below is a short summary you can read if you don’t have much time.

In 2006, Lord Leitch explained his 14 year plan to make the UK a world leader in skills by 2020. Half way through this plan, we look to see whether the objectives are still relevant and achievable. Continue reading “The Leitch Review”