So what is Learning & Development (L&D)?

October 23, 2014

The Learning & Development (L&D) specialism focuses on managing and nurturing talent at all levels; ensuring that employees work to their maximum potential through effective training and development. As such, L&D professionals identify and match the needs of groups and individuals, providing the necessary training so that staff continually feel they are being challenged and developed. After all, if you are happy in your role, have a tangible career path and feel valued by your company, would you really want to move on?

What makes a good L&D professional?

Do you enjoy ___? Are you ___? If so, a career in L&D may be for you!

What is a typical career path in L&D?

  • L&D Coordinator
  • L&D Advisor
  • L&D Manager
  • Head of L&D
L&D Coordinator
Salary Range: £20,000 – 33,000

Responsibilities could include:

  • Events Coordination – organising diaries, booking rooms and courses, liaising with external suppliers
  • Training Analysis – taking feedback, identifying outcomes and reporting these to managers

Download a typical L&D Coordinator Job Description

L&D Advisor
Salary Range: £30,000 – 45,000

Responsibilities could include:

  • Training Needs Analysis – identifying gaps in knowledge that an individual/department has
  • Designing training programmes to fill knowledge/skills gaps
  • Delivering training effectively – build strong working relationships with people of varying seniority
L&D Manager
Salary Range: £40,000 – 60,000

Responsibilities could include:

  • Managing a team and involvement in organisational-wide training projects
  • Creating new training initiatives and courses – i.e. passive learning / e-learning
  • Managing the L&D budget – ensuring all programmes are effective yet cost efficient
Head of L&D
Salary Range: £80,000 – 150,000

Responsibilities could include:

  • Full ownership of the L&D strategy
  • A global remit – adapting training programmes for different cultures
  • Identifying whether employees are on board with L&D – Employee Engagement