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This unit will develop the skills and understanding needed for planning and designing training and development, through understanding how people learn and the suitability of different training methods and initiatives.
Human resource development contributes to the overall success of an organisation through providing learning, development and training opportunities to improve individual, team and organisational performance. Training and development affects everyone in the organisation and it is appropriate at every level from office junior to senior executive. Learning is complex and this unit explores the related theories and their contribution to the process of transferring learning to the workplace. It is important, therefore, for learners to appreciate that all staff should be encouraged to develop their skills and knowledge to achieve their potential and. in doing so, enable the organisation to meet its strategic objectives. Learners need to appreciate that successful organisations recognise that their training programmes need to be planned and managed. All training has a cost to the organisation and managers need to be able to provide training programmes within their training budgets. Through planning and designing a training and development event, this unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of these key areas. Learners will examine how to identify training needs across the organisation, as well as understand how governmentled vocational and general training initiatives contribute to the emphasis on lifelong learning and continuous development. The outcomes of training programmes need to be evaluated. Managers need to devise appropriate ways of assessing or measuring the impact of staff training. The process of managing the training cycle is important to an organisation. If it is well managed, staff will have the correct of up-to-date skills and knowledge that will allow them to perform their jobs effectively.
Centres should develop links with local businesses. Many businesses and chambers of commerce want to promote local business and are often willing to provide work placements, visit opportunities, information about businesses and the local business context and guest speakers. For this unit it would be useful for learners to investigate the training and development programmes of different local organisations, including those both in the public and private sector.