The following Practice Management guidance note Produced in partnership with Beth Pipe of Bellis Learning Solutions Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note provides guidance on identifying learning needs and covers:
what a learning need is
individual learning needs
organisational learning needs
learning needs analysis (LNA) reports
For guidance on identifying initial learning and development (L&D) priorities for your firm, see Practice Note: Formulating a learning and development policy.
A learning need is a gap in the skills, knowledge or ability of an individual or organisation.
Learning needs are generally considered on two levels:
the needs of the individual
the needs of the organisation
Like any other business investment, learning should be planned, prioritised, targeted and managed to ensure the best possible return on the investment. It is vital that the learning needs are understood by the organisation and the individual if maximum benefit is to be gained from any proposed training.
On both an individual and organisational level you need to establish what is required and what the current situation is; the gap between the two is the learning need. This means thinking about what learning is needed to deliver the business goals versus the current capability within the firm.
Care should be taken to differentiate between learning wants and learning needs. A learning want may be a mere desire by an individual, or group of individuals, to learn or acquire a new skill.
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