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1 Understand the evolving nature, purpose and business improvement activities of the learning and development function in contemporary organisations.

CIPD Candidate Assessment Activity


Title of unit/s

Managing the L&D business function

Unit No/s




Credit value


Assessment method(s)

  1. Presentation and notes pages
  2. L&D plan

Learning outcomes:

1 Understand the evolving nature, purpose and business improvement activities of the learning and development function in contemporary organisations.

2 Understand different models for delivering the learning and development function.

3 Be able to manage different aspects of the learning and development function.

Assessment brief/activity

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Activity 1

You have applied for a position as an L&D manager and have been invited for

interview. As part of the selection process you have been asked to give the panel a

presentation on your understanding of the L&D function, different delivery models and

if appointed, how you would manage the function based on the updated job description

provided when you were short-listed. In your presentation, you should:

  • Identify the key purposes of the L&D function in organisations. You should include

in your notes pages how this has evolved over the last five years.

  • Identify at least three L&D activities that contribute to business improvement.
  • Compare and contrast at least three different roles in L&D.
  • Present a critical assessment of the relative merits of at least three different

models of delivering L&D services.

  • Explain at least four of the key roles and responsibilities of an L&D manager.
  • Give at least three examples of how you have or would provide leadership,

guidance and support to members of an L&D team.

Activity 2

You have also been asked to devise and provide to the panel, an example of a one-

year L&D plan. Your plan should include:

  • At least three L&D objectives and key activities with timelines for achieving these.
  • Success indicators for each objective and plan for monitoring and evaluation
  • Any additional resources required
  • Projected costs of delivery of the plan with a set of assumptions (you only need to

include additional costs in the plan i.e. not current staffing or indirect costs)

Evidence to be produced/required

Activity 1

A set of slides (or equivalent) and notes pages sufficient for a 30 minute presentation.

Activity 2

A costed outline L&D plan – real or imaginary (anonymised if based on your own organisation) of approximately 1,500 words.

All reference sources should be acknowledged correctly and a bibliography provided where appropriate (these should be excluded from the word count).


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