he purpose of an L&D Plan is to enable the student/manager to progress through a training program in a proper and organised manner. It is the basis for development or enhancement of professional competencies and follows the APIC’s Chart of Competencies. It provides a basis for assessing and developing key managerial and leadership competencies.
Preparation of the L&D Plan is a major task and cannot be treated lightly as the eventual L&D Plan will be a personalised program of study that a student/manager completes. It will be a base document for both self-management as well as the College and Employer’s review of the student/manager’s progress through the program.
Preparation of the individual L&D Plan should follow a structured approach.
You need to read the Guidelines in conjunction with the information and advice given in the PDP Workshop. (Note: Every formal graduate student is required to develop a personalised L&D Plan on commencement of his/her studies in the College.)
Word count:3,500 – 4,500
1: Executive Summary | (a half-to-one-page summary of the entire docuement)
2: Table of Contents | (use the style bar in Word/Google Docs to add headings, then
references / Table of Contents to convert them into a content list)
3: Self-Introduction | (detail your background, qualifications, experience etc.)
4: The Big Picture | (what is happening in the world, what is going on in your part of the world and, in particular, the industry/profession in which you want to work). What might these developments mean for the future of work and your possible career?
5: Industry-specific Megatrends and Challenges | (from several dimensions - size of investment in your industry worldwide, international competition, privatisation, finance, location, current status, intended improvements, urbanisation, etc.). Feel free to conduct PEST Analysis whilst exploring your industry-specific megatrends and challenges. PEST is an acronym for the Political, Economic, Socio-cultural and Technological environments in which your chosen career and industry.
6: Goals | How do you see yourself in this industry/profession and the sort of expectations placed on you; what are the goals of your employer/clients? What are your own career goals, how do these sit next to each other etc.?
7: Professional Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility | (you need to acknowledge and assess in detail what you consider to be your industry-specific appropriate professional values and correct set of ethics along with your social responsibility to follow in your career, and how you can promote all these in the future. These must be explicit and it is not acceptable to state general statements such as I will follow XYZ’s Code of Professional Conduct. You need to spell out in point form what values, ethics and social responsibility you would have that will guide your professional conduct.)
8: Competency Assessment – Socio-cultural and Personal Competence | summarise your reflective essay to explain how you wish to develop socio-culturally and personally
9: Competency Assessment - Managerial and Technical | detail the specific technical and managerial skills you wish to improve to help you successfully navigate your career.
10: Competencies Needed – Targets for Development | explain how you envisage improving the competencies highlighted in sections 8 and 9
11: Proposed Professional Development Program | list the units that you need to focus on more considering your goals set previously. Note that core areas are units 1 to 4, secondary core are 5 to 8 and elective units are 9 to 12. Based on your current and future target development you can define your scope of professional development.
12: Summary and Conclusion | Summarise your plan and conclude with a schedule of your developmental activities