Any method of workplace learning must support individuals, teams or the organisation as a whole to build capability and drive performance. As working environments become more complex, greater agility is required in responding to learning needs. It’s more important than ever to apply the breadth of different learning methods available.

This factsheet defines 'learning', 'training' and 'development' and examines the main factors to consider when choosing between learning methods. It gives an overview of the various types, from workplace-based learning, like on-the-job training and in-house development programmes, to externally-based learning, such as formal qualifications. It also looks at blended approaches to learning.

 

This factsheet was last updated by David Hayden: Digital Learning Portfolio Manager, L&D and OD&D, CIPD

David is responsible for CIPD’s digital learning portfolio. He leads the design and delivery of a number of L&D-focused products and keeps his practice up to date by facilitating online events.

Related content

Guides
Technology use in learning and development

Guidance on how technology can be used responsibly to help manage people

Podcasts
Evidence-based L&D – Asking the right questions

Podcast 202: Learning professionals are under constant pressure to demonstrate the value and impact of their interventions. Is there a way for them to bolster their chances of a successful outcome before they dive into planning?

Factsheets
Learning theories that impact on design

Learn about the influence of theories on how people learn and the shift away from simplistic learning styles theory

Explore our other factsheets

Factsheets
People analytics

Understand what people analytics is, different types of HR data, and the importance of people analytics strategy and process

Factsheets
Reward: an introduction

Introduces the basics of reward, which includes pay and benefits, and outlines the UK legal position

Factsheets
Pay structures and pay progression

Outlines the purpose of pay structures and progression, including the common ways of structuring pay and determining, reviewing and controlling pay progression

Factsheets
Workforce reporting

Learn about defining, measuring and reporting human capital, and how HR can use human capital information to drive performance

Factsheets