So what does the Learning and Development Team do?
If you asked that of most people they’d either say “oh, that’s about training isn’t it?” or possibly, “I don’t know”.
Learning and Development is about so much more than training – providing training courses is one vital part of our work but it is just one part. Learning and Development needs are (and should be) met by using a broad and diverse range of opportunities. Attending training courses, reading articles or books, attending conferences or seminars, secondments, learning from experienced colleagues/managers, coaching, mentoring, reviewing lessons learned from work that went well or not are all perfectly valid activities which should be used to meet learning and development needs.
At HAD, these are the things that we are involved in providing directly or facilitating so the most effective solution to identified learning and development needs is utilised. One of our core beliefs is that learning should be “sticky”. What we mean by that is that, whatever the method used to meet learning and development needs, the individual undertaking that opportunity MUST be able to retain, transfer and – more importantly – apply some learning back at their work place.
Our experienced, skilled and professionally qualified team design, develop and deliver training that is enjoyable, innovative, “sticky” and, most importantly, relevant to the needs identified. Our focus, rightly, is on providing learning and development solutions to NGOs and INGOs but we work outside of that Sector too.
We also provide consultancy, working with Departments and individuals on what the most suitable solution might be to the learning and development needs they have.
For example, we could design an “e” learning module to support (or instead of) a face to face training course that can be accessed to suit an individual’s time frame and location. E Learning opens up a whole new world of learning in as much as it puts the individual in control of when they access it so can be planned to suit work commitments.
Additionally, we have the capacity and capability to deliver respected and trusted psychometric instruments (e.g. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Belbin) – to assist individuals and teams to identify areas in which they want/need to develop in order to be more effective in their personal and professional lives. These instruments form part of our service undertaking learning and development needs analyses (sometimes called Training Needs Analysis or TNA) to help identify the areas requiring work from which we can advise on and/or provide the most effective solution to meet the needs.
Our website shows a range of products and services available but these are not totally exclusive, if you have a learning and development need, contact us – we’d welcome the opportunity to help meet that need with and for you. Learn more about Learning and Development here:https://staging.had-int.org/learning-and-development/