Employee-led, integrated learning is the new normal, says CIPD

As the CIPD opens its 2016 Learning & Development Show today, new research reveals that learning in the flow of work is becoming increasingly commonplace in UK workforces.

The latest CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook survey of over 2,000 employees found that over the last twelve months, employees are most likely to have received on-the-job training (28 per cent).

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Andy Lancaster, CIPD Head of Learning & Development Content, said: “It’s interesting to see a conscious movement towards learning in the flow of work in this year’s survey and the benefits in terms of teamwork, knowledge-sharing and longer term employee satisfaction are significant.

“L&D professionals need to be at the forefront of integrated learning, to ensure that learning is an ongoing process and not ad-hoc. They also need to be versatile, understanding the evolving needs of employees while focusing on achieving long-term sustainable business growth.”

While 26 per cent of respondents have received online learning (26 per cent) and learning from peers (20 per cent), creating a culture of ongoing knowledge-sharing and collaborative working.

The three methods of training rated most useful by employees are training from peers (95 per cent), coaching (92 per cent) and on-the-job learning (91 per cent).

However, despite the popularity of coaching, just 9 per cent of employees said they had actually received it over the last 12 months.

Lancaster added: “There are some mismatches between the kinds of learning methods employees want and what organisations are actually providing, which highlights the importance of listening to employees and understanding what they want to learn and how they want to learn it.

“By putting employees at the heart of the design process, we will empower them, and by measuring what works and what doesn’t, organisations can move with the times and deliver learning that brings considerable business benefits, over and over again.”

The survey also revealed 30 per cent of those surveyed disagreed that their organisation provides them with opportunities to learn and grow. More than a quarter (27 per cent) said they were dissatisfied with the opportunity to develop their skills in their job.

“It’s surprising to see so many employees missing out on training at work. For businesses to move forward, people must move forward and learning is key to unlocking their potential. There’s also a clear link between a lack of development support and employees feeling over-qualified in their current role and not able to reach their career goals,” said Lancaster

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