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Breakfast Networking: Building the Business Case for Learning and Development

Start date/time :  09:30 14th September 2016
End date/time :  11:30 14th September 2016
Venue :  Barclays Eagle Labs, 28 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AZ
Organiser name :  Andrea Mitchell
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Organiser tel :  01223 760102

As businesses continue to evolve and grow, it is vital to ensure they have the right people with the right capabilities in the right place at the right time to deliver the organisational strategy. Join us to discover how to understand the value of developmental activities and training, and its potential to deliver the desired return on investment

ROI and how to build a business case for a training Initiative

Any training initiative needs to demonstrate its value to the business, particularly for budget holders.

Nick Smith from eam Consulting will demonstrate how to make a clear business case for training by building a “chain of impact”. This approach will help attendees to develop and achieve their business’ ambitions. These could include developing new services, increasing profitability or reducing waste as well as designing training. Nick will demonstrate how to analyse if the interventions are working and the required changes are being realised. The system also provides clarity that enables any issues to be identified and addressed sooner rather than later to ensure your success.

Elpie Bannister from Boundless Solutions will follow Nick’s talk by demonstrating how to connect a Development Needs Analysis to your organisational strategy. A key element of having the right people with the right capabilities is to have a comprehensive understanding of the skills, knowledge and behaviour required both now and in the future to close the gap between current reality and the required level of knowledge and expertise to achieve the strategic aims of the organisation.

Both speakers will show that by asking insightful questions, you can challenge assumptions to enable a clearer understanding of Learning & Development needs and establish a strategic approach to allocating budget to the most critical areas of development. This will result in more engaged employees and more cohesive and effective teams, as you align development needs with key strategic aims.


09:30 Registration and coffee over bacon rolls

10:00 Speakers

Nick Smith, eam consulting, ROI and how to build a business case for a training initiative

Elpie Bannister, Boundless Solutions: Connecting the development needs analysis to organisational strategy

11:00 Networking

11:30 Event closes

In this session we will explore:

  • How we can use Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels as a planning tool rather than just as a post event evaluation tool
  • How to build a credible chain of impact
  • The need to work up the items at each level into robust objectives
  • The key components of objectives at each level
  • The use of ‘milestone’ objectives
  • The need for a cost/benefit analysis
  • What might be getting in the way of being able to adopt a more strategic approach to L&D
  • How to build the relationship with the business so that you can ask the right questions at the right time
  • What some of the key questions might be to enable a comprehensive analysis of development needs

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