Head of Learning and Development - Midlothian

Head of Learning and Development Jobs

Organizations that fail to take learning and development seriously stagnate in their marketplace and lose their best talent to rival companies. Fortunately, all large forward-looking companies not only have L&D at the heart of their HR strategies, they have teams of people dedicated to that end alone. The head of L&D oversees the team, which could be anything from one or two L&D specialists in an office to dozens around the country.

The head of learning and development’s main task is designing and executing coaching strategies that are custom made for the needs of the company and its employees. For maximum impact this is a two-way street, so employees at all levels are appraised but are also given the chance to air their own views on the most contentious and defining subjects, and this information is then fed back into their personal development programmes. The ultimate aim is to increase productivity by enhancing engagement and reducing employee churn.

The skills required

The typical head of L&D companies are looking for are already a senior learning and development professional or are someone who has a proven track record of delivering L&D to teams of employees. Sometimes a blank canvas is preferred as the company is able to instil its values and culture into the role, but a deep experience of a challenging L&D execution is usually preferred.

A firm background in HR is a requirement for most positions, so that the candidate needs to be aware of how learning and development fits into the bigger picture. Experience of dealing with the sector in which the company operates will also be advantageous to the applicant, as all fields have different expectations.

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Head of Learning and Development Jobs in Midlothian

Midlothian is located to the south of Edinburgh, between East Lothian, West Lothian and the Scottish Borders (historically the Peebles-shire part). Its administrative headquarters is in Dalkeith in its northern area, a mile or so from Edinburgh’s south-eastern suburbs. Like many areas of Scotland, Midlothian has a smattering of castles and is a popular destination for day trippers from the city.

Thanks to its proximity to the capital, Midlothian is extremely well linked to the national road and rail network, and Edinburgh Airport is located just outside its north-western border. Although Midlothian is itself largely rural in nature, its main market for Head of Learning and Development jobs and such like is probably Edinburgh, which the county wraps around.

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