Evolving L&D at the MOD

by | Apr 15, 2015 | Case Studies

Towards Maturity and the CIPD have recently launched a new report L&D Evolving Roles: Enhancing Skills that considers the future direction of L&D and the skills that they need to get there.

The report included a number of detailed interviews including this one with Colonel Garry Hearn – Programme Manager, Training Business Change, Ministry of Defence (DCTT).

Defence College of Technical Training (DCTT) comprises four schools. It provides new recruits with technical training needed for an engineering career across multiple disciplines including maritime, mechanical, aeronautical communication and information systems. The colleges support over 40,000 military students per year with an age range of roughly 18–32 in these highly technical subjects.

The school formed an innovation cell to consider how to transform learning. The team recommended a new blended approach and a fundamental change programme. They used independent evidence to engage the wider team in the changes.

Quick tips

  • It is critical for leaders to take time out in the midst of business to look ahead and consider if this is where they want their training to go
  • In order to land substantial change to the L&D strategy, ensure that the team have complete buy-in to the new approach: ‘Introducing change is never easy. For us it started by presenting our existing L&D staff with clear independent evidence from both learners and experts that we needed to change…’ Col Garry Hearn
  • Pilot activities can be used as a critical part of the change process. Instructors will be able to see how the new approaches are working in practice and have the opportunity to test new ideas and adjust them and bring them into the mainstream

To view the full case study and discover how the L&D team at the MOD acheived success, download the pdf below.

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