Unravel the distinction between training and learning. Dive into their unique characteristics, objectives, and the pivotal role each plays in professional development.
Welcome to another insightful post from Continu, your go-to source for all things related to corporate learning and development. Today, we're diving into a topic that often confuses many: the differences between learning and training.
Understanding these differences is crucial for any HR professional or business leader.
Let's get started!
What is Learning?
Learning is a lifelong process. It's about gaining new skills, knowledge, and attitudes. It's not just for the workplace; it happens everywhere, all the time.
- Lifelong process
- Broad in scope
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What is Training?
Training is more specific. It's planned and goal-oriented. Usually, it's tied to your job and aims to make you better at it.
- Specific goals
- Often led by an instructor
Learning vs. Training: Key Differences
- Scope: Learning is broad; training is narrow.
- Duration: Learning is ongoing; training has a start and end date.
- Goals: Learning aims for personal growth; training aims for job performance.
Why Both Matter in the Workplace
Both learning and training are key for a successful business. Learning helps with employee engagement and retention. Training ensures everyone can do their job well.
As VP of People & Culture at Continu, with over 15 years of experience in corporate learning and HR, I can vouch for the importance of both learning and training in the workplace.
In fact, 2019 study in The International Journal of Business and Management Research found that 90% of workers said training programs made them better at their jobs.
Understanding the differences between learning and training is crucial for any organization. Both have their place and importance in personal and professional development. By recognizing these differences, you can create a more effective and engaging learning environment.
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