Learning and Development Practitioner Apprenticeship – Reference Number: ST0562

Who is it for?

L&D Practitioners are typically involved with identifying learning / training needs, designing / sourcing training and learning solutions, delivering and evaluating training, and working with stakeholder / business area managers. The role focus is often on the practical delivery of training. The L&D Practitioner will typically have expertise and competence in their specific field whether it be technical, vocational or behavioural (e.g. use of software, food preparation, working in teams). They link the learning within their area of responsibility to business objectives and performance, understanding the learning cycle and working by it. The role can be more specialist, with a focus on and requiring in-depth expertise in a specific area of L&D such as learning design, e-learning or digital / blended learning. Whichever of these is an area of focus; the L&D Practitioner is future focused, understands the business context / culture and has a good grounding across the whole training and learning cycles.

What is Covered

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, a Learning and Skills Practitioner will have knowledge and an understanding of:

Technical Expertise

  • Foundation level theories and models that underpin effective adult learning and group behaviour. For example, training/learning cycle, group dynamics, continuing professional development, evaluation.

  • How different learning delivery channels – face-to-face, blended or digital – contribute to effective learning.

  • How to measure the impact of a learning intervention on delegates, eg L1/L2 Kirkpatrick, improvement in skills.

  • The latest learning practice.

  • How diversity and inclusion influences the planning and delivery of L&D interventions.

Business and Commercial Understanding

  • What their organisation does, its structure, values and its external market and sector.

  • The commercial context and drivers and process behind learning needs and solutions.

L&D Function

  • The various L&D roles that may be required for effective learning and development in an organisation.

  • Their roles and responsibilities within the L&D structure.

  • The policies and processes required for effective organisation learning.

Management Information and Technology

  • The role of data to analyse learning needs and ensure effective delivery.