With next weeks 2019 Learning Awards, rapidly approaching we continue this new series of L&D QuestionTime in which we hear from this years finalists.

Today we hear from Loiza Tallon 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?

I think for apprenticeship levy paying companies the anxiety is how to best use the levy but making sense of it all together is the biggest challenge. I see the levy as an opportunity to provide young people an opportunity to learn and gain new skills in a real working environment, whilst equipping our business with future ready skills. In our organisation we have spent the last 12 months simply getting our strategy together whilst allowing any government changes (which were inevitable) to come to fruition.

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

The daily battle in my mind is the utilisation of technology and using facts and data to evidence L&D return and better learning outcomes. For me, the trailblazers in this space, and therefore the informers of my thinking are Kevin.M.Yates & Dave Coplin. After seeing them at Learning Live last year I was instantly inspired by them. Aside from Kevin and Dave. I strongly believe that the context of your organisation and its challenges should be the first and foremost informant of your thinking.

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

It’s difficult to narrow it down to one thing but I am really excited about is using VR in learning, especially in environments where hands on learning is essential but the live environment may pose a risk to the learner, for example warehousing and rigging.

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

I would like to see more L&D teams stepping out of the HR shadow, viewed equal to HR and not as a supplementary function. I feel the impact of L&D is lost in daily employee relations matters which don’t allow for L&D to truly demonstrate their value and impact on the organisation. However, it is essential that HR and L&D continue to have a collaborative relationship to ensure alignment. We applied this approach to our organisation and it has transformed our culture and our people.

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

I think the skill set of L&D professionals will change to incorporate digital learning.. I also think action learning and micro tips will become the evolution of ‘classroom’ training as more and more employees are under pressure to spend minimal time out of the daily operation, so shorter and digitally accessible learning opportunities will be the future.

What advice would you give your 21 year old self?

Don’t be afraid to be different, challenge the status quo and always put the learner first.

About Loiza Tallon:

Having worked within the L&D sector for 18 years, Loiza has extensive training skills and experience have led her to work for a number of global blue chip organisations and some smaller businesses experiencing rapid growth.

Throughout the majority of her career she has held positions which have made her accountable for employee engagement, and business growth through implementation of robust professional development programs and strategies.

Loiza’s interest and research in learning psychology has helped her develop teaching method which have been injected into learning programs over the years and won National Training Awards.

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