Resourcing the Training and Development Function

Carter A, Hirsh W, Aston J | Report 390 | Institute for Employment Studies | Oct 2002

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The considerable coverage and interest in training and development methods had lacked research into the changing nature of the training function: its purposes, structure and the people within it.

This study looks in some detail at how training and development was being organised and resourced in a range of large organisations across the private and public sectors. It also predicts some future changes in the patterns of resourcing training and development.

The emergent roles in training require mixes of higher level business understanding, facilitation skills, and in-depth knowledge of the learning process. Those with strengths in all these skills are in high demand and scarce supply.