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Exploiting & Linking the '70' to Formal Learning

Suggested types of ‘70’ development activities, ideas for exploiting in PD and linking with formal learning.

What Types of Development Activities are in the ‘70’?

The types of ‘70’ activities that you can carry out to support your development include:

  • Applying any new learning you have gained in formal learning (e.g. in workshops, eLearning, classroom sessions) to real situations and problems you encounter in your job as soon as possible after you have learned it.
  • Taking time to reflect on the learning that you have obtained from specific projects and activities then embedding the learning in your day-to-day work.
  • Participating in joint problem-solving and teaching colleagues in the workplace.
  • Playing an active part in projects or working groups, and carrying out project reviews.
  • Actively carrying out day-to-day research, reading and web browsing to expand your knowledge and keep up-to-date on developments in your specialist areas.  Then applying the best practice in your role
  • Applying standards and processes.

How Can You Exploit the '70’ in PDPs and Development Discussions?

When planning for Personal Development Plans with your manager, think about all the activities listed above and also discuss and agree some of the following:

  • To carry out new work within your existing role to further your learning.
  • To carry out new work to develop your skills and capability you for your next role.
  • To plan and carry out stretch assignments.
  • To find a job shadow opportunity to help you improve your performance in your current role or prepare you for a future role.
  • To participate in a coordinated job swap or a secondment to increase your exposure to other departments/roles.
  • To increase your interaction with senior management, e.g. through attending meetings, briefings, giving presentations.

Linking the ‘70’ with Formal Learning

Any formal learning that you undertake should link closely to your workplace learning.  Learning only impacts your ability to perform when you put it into use and it is embedded in your everyday practices and long-term memory.

What to do before you attend formal learning events: Discuss with your manager to identify relevant formal learning and ensure you have a plan to use your new skills/knowledge as soon as possible.

What to do after you attend formal learning events: Discuss your learning/insights with your manager and identify how you can apply the learning to your current objectives/challenges.

Share your new learning with others – this helps you retain new knowledge/skills. Teaching others is even better.

Practice, practice, practice your newly learned knowledge and skills.  Practice (in a supported environment) is vital for you to turn your learning into improved performance.


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