The Changing Shape of L&D Essential Insights

Plan engaging and effective professional development opportunities that reflect the evolving needs of people and organisations.


60-90 minutes

Online self-directed

Essential Insights


Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.

In our fast-changing world, a passion for learning is non-negotiable. A learning mindset helps people professionals continuously innovate and improve, as well as contribute to the development of others. Today’s L&D leaders need to ensure workers have the knowledge, skills and experience to fulfil evolving needs and ambitions.

Across the people profession, the shape of L&D is changing. The CIPD has identified multiple evidence-based shifts including demands for digital delivery, social learning, measuring learning value (rather than volume), user choice and just-in-time learning. Emerging learning solutions must be focused on impact and engagement, with the learner at the very heart.

This programme provides the context and evidence for the shifts away from traditional training approaches towards a wider range of digital offerings. Attendees will be confident to discuss the changing shape of L&D and how to create the right culture and environment for individuals and organisations to learn and grow.

All CIPD Learning courses will automatically provide you with access to the CIPD Learning Hub, our online learning platform, for 24 months.

The hub will house your course content, as well as useful resources, tools, and a community of professionals that you can tap into to support your learning and continual development.

CIPD Members

You already have access to the features and benefits of the Core Learning Subscription, which includes this course, as part of your membership, access it here.


The purpose of this course is to:

  • be able to explain the shift from traditional training approaches to wider opportunities to embrace learning
  • be able to describe the shifts that CIPD recommend
  • create a practical plan to ensure relevance and value in L&D
  • feel confident being able to describe the shifts in learning, why they have happened and what they mean for their organisational context.

Is this course right for me?

Providing insight into evolving L&D practice, this course is ideal for managers and L&D professionals with new responsibilities or looking to refresh knowledge. It is particularly valuable for those who have moved from a training role into L&D and those impacted by changes in working patterns such as hybrid working.

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