Understanding your organisation and the context of L&D


Rachel Burnham, Burnham Learning & Development Limited Last Published  29 April 2015

This tool will help you to understand your organisation, its type and its context, so that you can develop L&D policies and practices that will be effective.

Organisations vary in many different ways: in size; geographical scope; in the sector that they operate within (private, public or not-for-profit) and in the way that they are structured. All of these factors will create different challenges and opportunities for L&D to make an effective contribution to the organisation and the achievement of its objectives. What works in one organisation is not necessarily going to be effective in another.

It is therefore useful for L&D professionals and trainers to develop their skills in understanding and evaluating organisations, so that they can develop appropriate L&D policies and practices.

This tool focuses on organisational type and structure and how L&D policy and practice can take different forms to suit different contexts. It complements the process outlined in Assessing the Impact of Internal and External Factors for developing a deep understanding of your organisation. Both will provide essential information to help you when Developing an L&D Policy.

Who this tool is for:
This tool is particularly aimed at those who are new to L&D and training or who have not previously developed or reviewed L&D policies and practices, but it is also useful for L&D professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of the impact of different sizes, sectors and geographical scope on L&D practice.

This tool will help you to:
  • Identify key characteristics of your organisation, such as size, geography and sector
  • Evaluate the structure of your organisation
  • Assess the likely implications of these factors for L&D policy and practice.

Unit: Understanding the Context of L&D (5CLD)

This tool maps to the following learning outcomes:
  • Evaluate the implications of varying organisation types for L&D policy and practice.