Level 3 Learning and Development Practitioner
An 18-month learning and development programme
Learning and Development (L and 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 and 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 and D such as learning design, e-learning or digital / blended learning. Whichever of these is an area of focus; the L and D Practitioner is future focused, understands the business context / culture and has a good grounding across the whole training and learning cycles.
The L and D Practitioner role typically exists in a wide range of organisations including private, public and third sector. The L and D Practitioner role supports the learning and development (L and D) function to contribute to, and influence, improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level. Typically, the role would work alongside colleagues who specialise in Human Resources (i.e., employee relations, reward, recruitment) often supported by an L and D Administrator (more junior role) and report to an L and D Business Partner / Consultant / Manager. L and D Practitioners often work with Subject Matter Experts in different parts of the business.
What will you learn – Knowledge and understanding of:
- 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, e.g., L1/L2 Kirkpatrick, improvement in skills.
- The latest learning practices.
- How diversity and inclusion influence the planning and delivery of L and 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 and D function
- The various L and D roles that may be required for effective learning and development in an organisation.
- Their roles and responsibilities within the L and 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.
- How internal information systems can support learning.
- How technology supports learning, including understanding of digital platforms / delivery channels as relevant.
Learning and Development Consultants have the skills within the context of their own organisation to:
Identification of training/ learning needs
- Identify and analyse learning needs: establish team and individual capability and learning gaps, in line with organisational performance outcomes and to enable effective evaluation.
- Use sound questioning and active listening skills to understand requirements and establish root causes i.e., establishing that it really is a learning/training need, before developing L and D solutions.
- Consult with stakeholders to draw out relevant information and provide feedback to inform learning and training needs requirements.
- Use effective analytical skills to seek out and analyse information.
- Take ownership through to resolution, escalating complex situations as appropriate.
Training / Learning design
- Design, construct and structure training / learning resources to meet a variety of needs, which will include:
- Research of delivery options and resources including digital / online / blended solutions (including identifying existing resources)
- Planning programmes / sessions / modules
- Selecting appropriate delivery methods
- Designing creative, engaging, appropriate, and inclusive learning activities (could be e-learning, digital collaboration, group sessions, blended etc.)
- Developing materials and resources to support learning.
Training/ Learning delivery
- Confidently engage all learners in structured learner-cantered training, primarily of ‘content-driven’ training resources.
- Plan, organise and prepare for a training/learning event/intervention in a timely fashion.
- Interact with learners of varying abilities, using a broad range of techniques, and carefully planned and executed questioning techniques.
- Facilitate and deliver learning in a face-to-face, and blended and digital environment as appropriate.
- Monitor a learner’s progress and deliver motivational and developmental feedback.
- Manage participation, attitudes and behaviours to reach learning objectives.
- Use effective coaching skills to enable learners to achieve learning objectives.
- Evaluate the impact of learning solutions – measure and assess development initiatives for effectiveness, business relevance, efficiency, and continually seek ways to improve learning solutions.
- Build evaluation mechanisms for learning outcomes including the use of quantitative and qualitative feedback where appropriate.
- Apply techniques to analyse the impact of training from learners’ experience.
Communication and Interpersonal
- Communicate and influence through a range of media e.g., phone, face-to-face, email, online / virtual, adapting their style to their audience.
- Build trust and sound relationships with customers/learners/colleagues.
- Handle conflict and sensitive situations professionally and confidentially.
Teamwork and collaboration
- Consistently support colleagues / collaborate within the team and L and D to achieve results.
- Build and maintain strong working relationships with others in the L and D team, HR and the wider business as required.
Learning and Development Consultants demonstrate the following behaviours:
Constant and curious learner
- Proactively look, listen and question to understand and learn.
- An interest in new ideas and techniques, seeking and taking on board feedback, identifying areas for self-development.
- A willingness to explore and take risks to learn something new.
- Consideration of the needs of others alongside the needs of the business.
- They act with integrity and demonstrate organisational values in the way they interact with others.
- They deliver the outcomes of their work through co-design, with a willingness. to question and challenge as appropriate.
Passionate and agile deliverer
- An energy and enthusiasm for their work, ensuring the focus is always on delivering the best learning outcomes and impacts.
- Responsiveness and flexibility to changing business and learner needs.
- Personal resilience to manage competing priorities.
- Confidence in delivery.
How is this course assessed?
Full time work-based learners will typically spend 16/18 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off this time being off-the-job training.
Learners without English and Maths at a level 2 must achieve level 2 prior to taking their End Point Assessment (EPA).
The end point assessment should only start once the employer is satisfied that the gateway requirements for EPA have been met and that the learner is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard.
Through the journey to the gateway with GEM Partnership you will complete a set of mini gateways ensuring that you are ready to take the EPA.
On-programme assessment, the learner will be expected to keep a reflective log and gather evidence against each of the competencies illustrating the application of knowledge, skills and behaviours. Although any evidence that is assessed during the on-programme period of the learning journey cannot be used for the EPA, gathering it will encourage the learner to continuously reflect on their learning and development plan.
The EPA consists of three distinct assessment methods:
- Learning Journal
- Work-based project with professional discussion
- Presentation and Question and Answer based on Learning Journal
Performance in the EPA will determine the learner grade of fail, pass, merit or distinction.