June 12, 2015

CIPD Level 5 L&D Business Case

CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate and Diploma in Learning and Development

This document is designed to help you structure a business case, assisting you in gaining organisational backing to undertake your CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate and Diploma. It is provided in Word format so you can utilise and edit the parts that are relevant to you. If you need any further information or assistance in completing your business case we’d be happy to help, you can contact DPG’s CIPD team on 0330 60 0220 or CIPD@dpgplc.co.uk

Following my performance review and our discussion around my development needs for this year, I have researched the options available both internally and externally as suggested.

My research concludes that I need to enhance my learning and development knowledge and skills through a professional CIPD qualification within the management of an L&D function.

There is a new CIPD qualification available to aspiring or existing L&D Mangers and DPG was the first national CIPD provider to launch this programme in December 2010. The programme will enable me to gain new L&D consultancy skills, to ensure that L&D adds strategic value to our organisation and that we are helping to drive enhanced organisational performance.

Budget Required: * L2,995 + VAT (Certificate) or *L3,490 + VAT (Diploma)

*(DPG are so confident in the quality of their programme and have a unique guaranteed pass or fees are refunded.? As long as I attend all the workshops and submit my assessments on time DPG will honour this).

Why do I need the CIPD Diploma in L&D Management?
???? L&D is a specialist area and although I have gained management and operational experience within my role, I now need to look at our L&D strategy and plans from a different viewpoint. I can only gain this through stepping away from our internal environment and benchmarking our L&D efforts against proven good practice in the L&D field
???? I will be able to evaluate our L&D efforts from an organisational performance point of view – demonstrating added value through return on investment and expectations
???? At present I ensure that all our trainers have the CIPD Level 3 qualification in Learning & Development (formerly the Certificate in Training Practice).? This qualification is a must have for trainers and ensures we have consistency and professional standards across the team.? As the Manager of a team of trainers, I need to achieve the Level 5 Certificate or Diploma in Learning & Development to enable me to professionally lead the team from a more strategic, business focussed and insight driven approach
???? Research shows that there has been a shift from ‘training to learning’ and that in order to drive enhanced performance we need to put the ‘learner’ at the centre of our efforts. Successful organisations are developing their employees faster than the rates of change that they are experiencing – training is just one intervention and we now need to look at a broad range of learning interventions so to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours within our organisation
???? Good practice highlights that Line Managers play a critical role in driving performance.? The L&D Certificate and Diploma programme will enable me to explore this further and help me to understand how to develop for example, authentic coaching styles of management.? We need our managers to become more adept at ‘monitoring performance’ and ‘performance coaching’
???? The programme will enable me to explore many areas of proven good L&D practice, to keep our organisational context in mind and to then recommend options that will ‘best fit’ our organisation and our objectives
???? In L&D we need to keep pace with contemporary developments – the programme explores the future of L&D and what it will look like in 2020.

The qualification
I have reviewed the content of the programme and highlighted some of the main areas that I will be able to put into practice:

1??? Developing Professional Practice in L&D
2??? Understanding the Context of L&D
3??? Using Information, Metrics and Developing Business Cases for L&D
4??? Understanding Organisation Development
5??? Managing the Learning and Development Business Function

Additional Diploma Units

6??? Developing and Using Consultancy Skills
7??? Designing and Developing Digital and Blended Learning Solutions???

I have included the full unit summaries for the L&D Diploma in Appendix 1 for your review.

When/Where/Duration
DPG run their programmes twice a year and I have received the dates for a programme in XXXXX.? As the programme runs on a flexible learning basis I only need to attend a workshop, one day per month – minimising my time out of the office.? I am then required to commit between 8-10 hours self-study per week. Outside of the monthly workshop events my facilitator for the programme will run conference calls with our group and can be contacted by phone and email if I need any additional support.

All of DPG’s materials are hosted via the internet so I can access them anytime, anywhere. All the materials are also included in the price – including 1 textbooks and access to a huge range of L&D online resources. DPG also give their Certificate and Diploma in L&D participants’ free membership to the British Institute of Learning & Development (BILD). Membership provides access to a huge range of resources, including free specialist L&D CPD events throughout the year.

The Provider
DPG has been in the L&D business for twenty years and is a leading provider of CIPD qualifications. They were the first national CIPD provider to launch the CIPD’s new qualifications and are ahead of the rest.

DPG are so confident in the quality of their programmes and support that they even guarantee I will pass or will refund the cost of the programme.? I have checked the conditions of this guarantee and there are no strings attached- all I need to do is to attend all of my workshops and submit my assessments on time.

DPG use CIPD qualified L&D practitioners to facilitate their programmes.? Their programmes are highly practical and designed with accelerated learning techniques in mind.? This ensures that learning takes place in an effective and fun way. The techniques that DPG use will help me to improve our own learning interventions too.
Once you have confirmed that I have the budget approval I can call or email DPG to reserve my place for the next programme starting in Autumn 2015.

Appendix 1:

CIPD Certificate in L&D Unit overview

Developing Professional Practice in L&D:
On successful completion of this unit, you will learn:
1??? Understand the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of a learning and development professional.
2??? Be able to manage self and workload to deliver timely and effective learning and development services to meet client need.
3??? Be able to work collaboratively with others, as a member of a team or working group.
4??? Be able to apply CPD techniques to devise, implement and review a personal development plan.

Understanding the Context of L&D:
On completion of this unit, you will learn:
1??? Understand the nature of organising and managing in a variety of contexts.
2??? Be able to analyse the key factors influencing achievement of strategic objectives in varying organisation contexts and their impact on L&D policies and practice.
3??? Understand how to develop L&D policies and activities to respond to and exploit the limitations and opportunities arising from varying contextual factors.

Using Information, Metrics and Developing Business Cases for L&D:
On completion of this unit, you will learn:
1??? Know how to scrutinise appropriate learning and development data.
2??? Be able to conduct small-scale research in an area of L&D to support a business case.

Understanding Organisation Development:
On completion of this unit, you will learn:
1??? Understand the concept and key purposes of organisational development and the relationship of OD with the learning and development function.
2??? Be able to explain and evaluate a range of models of OD, including associated tools and techniques.
3??? Be able to specify and describe the knowledge and skills required in an OD role.

Managing the Learning and Development Business Function:

On completion of this unit, you will learn:
1??? Understand the evolving nature, purpose and business improvement activities of the learning and development function in contemporary organisations.
2??? Understand different models for delivering the learning and development function.
3??? Be able to manage different aspects of the learning and development function.

Additional Diploma Units overview:

Developing and Using Consultancy Skills:
On completion of this unit, you will learn:
1.??? Understand the meaning of consultancy and the common stages in the consulting process in an L&D context.
2.??? Know how to work with a client to agree a learning and development solution.
3.??? Be able to support a client whilst implementing a learning and development solution.

Designing and Developing Digital and Blended Learning Solutions:
On completion of this unit, learners will:
1??? Understand the evolving nature, purpose and business improvement activities of the learning and development function in contemporary organisations.
2??? Understand different models for delivering the learning and development function.
3??? Be able to manage different aspects of the learning and development function.

Here are a couple of testimonials from DPG’s website:

“It is a fully comprehensive CIPD learning experience. I think the blended approach works really well and that the workshop timings (one per month) are about right. The standard of facilitation and feedback has been consistently high.”
?”I think the CIPD programme content is excellent on the whole, and as a newcomer to training is providing a massive help. The range of methods used to deliver the material is also helpful.” – Stuart Applewhite, Lease Direct Finance

“Completing the CIPD programme with DPG was one of the best moves I’ve made with regard to personal development. Many Thanks”.
“The CIPD programme supplied me with good knowledge on what training is and how it should be designed. It was very useful and it provided me with the confidence, the skills and the knowledge needed to become professional in what I do”. – Andrew Brazier, Schering-Plough