With the announcement late last year of the finalists of the 2019 Learning Awards, we continue this new series of L&D QuestionTime in which we hear from this years finalists.

Today we hear from Jaimie Stewart shortlisted in the Learning Leader of The Year category.

In your opinion what is the biggest anxiety within the world of learning and development at the moment?

L&D is in a permanent state of anxiety, perpetually navel gazing and worrying about ROI. Afterall we are generally the first in the firing line when budgets get cut. However, the rise of AI, social media, the accessibility to information from the internet and the attitude of a millennial work force has pushed anxiety into a full-blown existential crisis. If we are no longer the font of organisational wisdom or even the most knowledgably person in the training room then what is our purpose?

Who or what is informing your thinking around L&D?

So many different sources. I love the idea of social learning, so it’s interesting to see how L&D is utilising technology to shape development across organisations. I still love the 70:20:10 principle when it comes to designing training or development programmes and am interested in how technology can be worked into this.

What is the most exciting innovation on the horizon for learning?

There is so much happening from technology through to neuroscience it’s hard to pick one. What I will say is that the shape of workplace and the nature of work is changing faster than any of us really appreciate and that in itself is exciting. The rise of AI is going to be a game changer as more and more work is digitalised it will change why we are there and what we are doing whilst we are there. I think this will drastically change the shape and purpose of L&D

What “game changers” would you like to see and why?

More focus on work place education. The new look apprenticeships should have been the catalyst for closer relationships between education and employment. They haven’t really achieved what they set out to do but there is so much potential there.

What do you think the world of L&D will look like by 2030?

Things are changing so fast but I do think that boundaries between education and employment will continue to blur and there will be a growth in in work educations. It would be great to get a degree as you do your day job and employers being universities as well as PLCs.

What advice would you give your 21 year old self?

Work hard and be nice to people oh and bet on United winning the treble in 1999

About Jaimie Stewart:

Jaimie is an experienced senior HR professional and graduate member of the CIPD who specialises in strategic and innovative Organisational Development. He has a proven track record in delivering creative and commercially driven Learning, Development and Leadership interventions at all levels within large corporate organisations and smaller entrepreneurial companies.

In his current role at D&D London Jaimie is responsible for the development of talent strategies and interventions at a group and restaurant level (34 unique restaurants, 1 hotel, 2000 employees and group turnover of £100 million) that attracts, engages, develops & retains the best people into senior roles.

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