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The Towards Maturity Learning Landscape


The Towards Maturity Learning Landscape Audit (LLA) is a survey tool that helps businesses understand more comprehensively how their staff learn, both formally and informally, to inform the learning strategy.


The LLA helps put the learner at the centre of L&D strategy by challenging our assumptions about how people learn what they need to do their jobs.

  • It helps mitigate risk when introducing new programmes or new models of learning.
  • It provides qualified information to support new learning technology strategies.
  • It provides independent research into the workplace-learning environment for any organisation looking to engage and understand their workforce.


3 out of 5 L&D professionals say that their learners and managers fail to engage – what’s not working? Ironically, our learners can help us get back on track. 

97% of Top Deck organsiations (those in the top 10% of the TM Index of learning organisations) provide their learners with an active voice in the learning process.

Nearly 20,000 learners have taken part in the Towards Maturity Learning Landscape since it started. Here are some insights from a random sample of 5,000 learners from the private sector who participated in a space of nine months:

  • 89% of learners prefer to work in collaboration with other team members
  • 70% use web searches to learn - irrespective of age
  • 42% access learning through their mobile device
  • 82% of learners like to be able to learn at their own pace
  • 44% learn for work during evenings and weekends
  • Recognition is important to over 60% of online learners




How do these insights compare with the way that your learners learn? Do you know?


By comparison, when 500 L&D managers were asked how they are designing learning to meet the needs of their staff:

  • Less than 20% are aware of how their learners use social media outside of work
  • Only 15% actively encourage learners to collaborate building in-house knowledge resources and share experiences online
  • Only 23% reward or recognize learner achievement


Managers & Leaders as learners - Insights include:

  • Less than 50% of L&D staff use technology to support leaders. 
  • Classroom courses are only seen as essential or very useful by 15% of senior managers and 21% of line managers
  • Those in management job roles are 50% more likely than non-managers to use the following technologies to help them learn how do to their job better:
  • Internal and external networks and communities
  • Mobile phones
  • 88% of senior managers are using mobiles, 50% are more likely to use their own device to access resources needed to do their job better
  • 83% using e-Books and e-Journals


Use the Towards Maturity Learning Landscape Audit to find out:

  • Your staff's preferences for different types of learning resources or modes of delivery
  • Their willingness to use their own technologies and to share their learning with others
  • How actively they are using social media and apps in their day-to-day life and work
  • What formal learning they are involved with - both inside and outside work
  • Their views on working online - what works, what doesn’t work, what they find most helpful and what gets in the way
  • A comparison of the key findings for different groups of staff – managers, job roles, age, experience, location and others


When is it useful to conduct a Learning Landscape Audit?

  • When designing new learning and performance solutions
  • When you are setting strategy and agreeing long term business plans
  • When allocating resources
  • When making the business case for change
  • When you need to set a benchmark prior to introducing change


"At Bupa International, we regularly connect with our staff by conducting training needs analysis to uncover learning needs about a specific programme or to gather feedback on learning once completed. Whilst these activities provide us with insights about the delivery of the learning programme, it doesn’t always highlight what is really important to our people.

The insights gained by Towards Maturity’s Learning Landscape will help us facilitate learning in line with what individuals expect to receive. It will also help us support staff with the right types of activity, using the right media and methods, in a way that traditional engagement evaluation tools never could."

 - Learning Technologies Manager, Bupa International


Additional Options for success

learner audit

In addition to the Learning Landscape Audit, we also offer:

1. Learning Landscape Benchmark Report

The Learning Landscape Benchmark report allows organisations to benchmark their own internal study against the wider sample comparing key learner indicators; barriers to learning and implementation practice benchmarks. 

When completed in conjunction with theL&D Towards Maturity Benchmark the LLA Benchmark report also highlights implementation behaviours of the top learning companies to help you apply examples of good practice to boost learner engagement and performance support in your organization.


2. The Learning Landscape Corporate Edition 

Creating long lasting engagement with learners is the end game of a learner centric L&D strategy. In partnership with our associate partner LearnerLab, organisations can gain the necessary insight into how their global learning audiences are using technology and expert advice on how best to engage them based on evidence representing their own people and culture.

The package is designed to help organisations make a business case for change, set strategy and create action plans that implement effective digital learning experiences to fulfil their vision for learning transformation.

The service features: 

1. Towards Maturity Learning Landscape Audit

2. Follow up LearnerLab consultancy and performance support services that focus on the full engagement journey for learning:

  • User experience, Gamification and Engagement expert reviews
  • Communications and evaluation strategies and campaigns to act upon the benchmark data
  • Communications and evaluation performance support toolkits to help L&D teams take ownership of the engagement process within their own organisation


"It’s essential that L&D leaders make decisions based on real evidence as they strive to communicate, design and evaluate relevant digital learning experiences to support their businesses. Adding an engagement wrap to Towards Maturity’s excellent benchmark services provides organisations with the data and expertise to solve some very contemporary business challenges."

 - Cheryl Clemons, MD, LearnerLab


3. Enterprise Learning Landscape:

Suitable for an organization where there are multiple business units or regional teams to compare data and results across the enterprise. Towards Maturity can also conduct additional independent focus groups, interviews and workshops on your behalf.

Get in touch with us today.


Alternatively, email benchmark@towardsmaturity.org or phone us on: 0208 542 2331.

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