Key L & D trends for 2007 reflected in Training Foundation programme

Key L & D trends for 2007 reflected in Training Foundation programme

The Training Foundation has identified four key trends and priorities for learning and development specialists.

Adrian Snook, deputy chief executive of The Training Foundation, commented: "Every year we canvas client views on emergent trends in L&D and it is this feedback that that has highlighted four notable trends."

The trends identified by The Training Foundation include:

• a broadening of skills to harness the power of new technologies

• a greater alignment of training practice with learners' needs

• the expansion of training delivery into the roles of line managers and subject matter experts

• a growing need for training quality benchmarks to ensure consistency of training design and delivery.

The Training Foundation expects an acceleration in the number of trainers wanting to broaden their skills, as blended learning strategies grow in popularity because of their measurable impact on learning effectiveness. There are also growing concerns that many training certification programmes are out of step with learners' current on-the-job skills needs.

"Many trainers are telling us that they need a more innovative, less academic approach to their development," says Snook. "Traditional certificates in training practice fail to deliver the confidence, skills and contextual relevance."

Lack of training expertise in subject matter experts and line managers, who play an increasing role in developing and delivering training, is another cause for concern.

Finally, with the growing trend to decentralise and outsource training, many heads of learning and development are looking for ways to quality assure distributed training activities.

"All of these trends are reflected in various new elements of our 2007 programme," says Snook. "This year we've launched a Certificate in Blended Learning, a TAP diploma Fast-track programme for trainers holding an initial certificate in training practice who want to update and enhance their skills, and three courses for subject matter experts. L&D specialists can also make real headway in addressing the quality assurance issue via our L&D Health-check service and the TAP Partners Programme."