Learning and development

Published on July 31, 2022   9 min
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My name is Ronan Carbery, and I'm Senior Lecturer in Management in Cork University Business School, UCC Ireland. In this video I'll be talking about learning and development.
Learning and development is an important HR practice that organizations offer to employees to enable them to learn. Learning and development just by creating the culture and environment for individuals and organizations to learn and grow. It involves knowing the current and future capability needs of the organization, as well as how to create a learning culture that drives engagement and continuous professional development. Learning and development processes help individuals to stay on top of changes occurring in the work environment and to adapt to evolving regulatory requirements and new technological practices. They can also boost an individual's motivation and confidence in their ability to perform their job effectively and can prepare individuals to work competently in groups and teams. In this video, we will briefly look at some differences in key terms the value of learning and development. Some important areas to consider and examine how organizations can approach learning and development.
A variety of terms are often used to describe learning and development activities in organizations including training, education, learning, and development. It's important to first define these terms and examine some key differences that distinguish each of them. Training, can be considered the traditional way to describe learning activities in organizations, is largely concerned with the process of acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to perform an organizational role effectively. Training is considered a narrow term that focuses on employees achieving an improved work standard within a short time period. Education relates to the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and experience through a period of sustained study, often leading to a qualification. By its nature, education is broad based, preparing individuals for a range of jobs and roles. It is delivered over a longer period of time, the training and the objectives of education are often framed in wider general terms. Development is long term in focus and describes the range of activities leading to the gradual unfolding or growth of an individual and the enhancement of knowledge, skills, and experiences over the longer term. In contrast with training which takes place over the short term, development is considered a long term process where the individual largely takes responsibility for its direction. Essentially, training focuses on work, education focuses on the whole person, and development is often a mix of the two. Finally, learning is the act of acquiring knowledge or skill and how this changes an individual in some way or another. It is a relatively permanent change of knowledge, attitude or behavior that occurs as a result of formal education or training or as a result of informal experiences. For example, how you think about something or how you behave.