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What's new in Learning and development

I’m just back from the People Development Summit in Barcelona where I met with a wide range of organisations and other suppliers.

As a supplier, our main hope for these events is to meet prospective clients and to win some work. However, it also provides insight into the market and the issues that currently face Learning and development professionals.

There is a growing need to do more for less and this seems to be driving the need for shorter, high impact, bite size workshops along with increased use of technology. Globalisation means that many companies are looking for interventions that meet the needs of employees all over the world. Reduced budgets mean that people are having to prioritise development activity and the focus seems to be on retaining talent for when the economy picks up.

We have much to think about and to reflect on and are about to look at how we resond to the changing market.