If you are looking for a job where you can help coach and develop people to reach their potential, with the opportunity to work in many different industries and organisations, a career in learning and development could be right for you.
What is Learning & Development?
The role of Learning & Development (L&D) professionals is to help organisations develop the skills and capabilities of their employees to increase motivation, productivity and improve business performance.
The activities of an L&D team are diverse and can include, for example:
- delivering mentoring programmes
- coaching line managers to improve leadership skills
- creating skills training courses
- developing induction programmes for new employees
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR, L&D and people development, with over 150,000 members worldwide.
What skills do I need to work in L&D?
The CIPD Profession Map shows how HR and L&D add value to an organisation. The main skills you need to work in this sector include:
- Decisive thinking
- Skilled at influencing
- Strong analytical ability
What L&D roles and salaries could I achieve?
According to CIPD, starting salaries in L&D range from £15,000 to £19,000 but by gaining the relevant CIPD qualifications and work experience you could increase your earning potential and career prospects.
Completion of the CIPD Level 5 Diploma in L&D can help you attain roles including:
L&D Officer – up to £24,000
L&D Manager – between £30,000 and £50,000
L&D Director – over £80,000
How do I get started in L&D?
To help you land that first role or gain a promotion to a more senior position, CIPD’s L&D qualifications give you the skills and knowledge to get ahead in your L&D career. Learn the latest in good practice, how to evaluate training needs, and deliver effective learning.
Why not kick start your L&D career and earn more by becoming CIPD qualified? Click here to find out more about the different courses we offer.