The CIPD’s research shows:

  • a greater demand for increased business knowledge and commercial awareness
  • growth in the use of technology and online learning
  • increased requirements for analytical skills to effectively use information and metrics
  • tensions in getting the best from traditional methods whilst pioneering innovations
  • demands in maintaining up-to-date knowledge of new insights, theories and technologies.

So how can L&D professionals stay at the forefront of practice and thinking?

The two most effective methods for professional development reported by L&D professionals are external conferences, workshops and events, and social and collaborative learning. For that reason, CIPD has launched and is expanding its innovative Leaders in Learning Network.

Join us at our next round of leaders in learning where we'll explore:

Let’s talk about inclusive L&D

Did you know that around one in five people have a disability in the UK alone (Disabled Living Foundation)?

The people profession has a responsibility to ensure that learning is inclusive with the equality of development opportunities embedded in all learning and not just done on individual cases.

What do we mean by inclusion? Inclusion is often defined as the extent to which everyone at work, regardless of their background, identity or circumstance, feels valued, accepted and supported to succeed at work. (CIPD Building Inclusive Workplaces Report September 2019.)

  • Have you led on a great inclusive learning initiative?
  • What were your challenges?
  • What were your successes?

For this round of Leaders in Learning, and in the spirit of sharing practice, insights and learning as a network, we're reaching out to you to share your own stories of inclusive learning.

Want to volunteer?

We're looking for three volunteers at each of the three regions (London, Manchester and Edinburgh) for an open space sharing event, which will be facilitated by the CIPD Learning team to share their stories and insights. We'd also like two volunteers for the webinar session.

If you'd like to be part of these events, we'd love to hear from you. When you book your space at, please also express your interest in taking part in the event as a volunteer by Friday 7 February.

March/April 2020 event dates

  • CANCELLED - 31 March: London
    We have been closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus on a daily basis and the welfare of our members and communities is always front of mind. In this instance, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 31 March event in London. Please be assured we have not made this decision lightly. We will be hosting a webinar on 2nd April which we would love you to join instead. If you are able to join please register here.
    Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your continued support.


We're running a one-hour webinar on Thursday 2 April if you are unable to make it to the face to face events. Please note, the webinar will not replace the face to face sessions as there will be no opportunity to network.

How to attend

If you're interested in attending any of the face to face events, please email us at with your full name and the location of the event you’d like to attend. Please note that due to popular demand, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Your booking will be processed within seven working days.

Click here if you’d like to register for the 2 April webinar.

* Please note that the CIPD Leaders in Learning Network is an exclusive, invitation only group for those leading the learning function in their organisation or leading practice as a consultant. If you aren't a part of the network, you'll need to demonstrate that you meet this criteria by providing us with your contact name, job title, organisation name, address and some brief detail on how you're currently responsible for leading learning.

The CIPD Leaders in Learning Network is an invitation-only group for those L&D professionals leading learning in their organisation or leading practice as a consultant.

The group runs free-to-attend events 3-4 times a year in various locations within the UK for CIPD members and non-members.

These events give leaders the opportunity to:

  • network with other senior L&D leaders
  • focus on a specific L&D theme, with input from a subject expert followed by peer discussion
  • gain first-hand updates on CIPD research and initiatives
  • hear short presentations from network members to showcase innovative practice
  • socialise over food, wine and refreshments.

The network is consulted to shape the CIPD's L&D initiatives, and there are opportunities to take part in additional peer 'learning sets' and 'hackathons' to support thinking and innovation.

If you can demonstrate that you're a leader in learning and would like to be part of the Network please email us at confirming your role, organisation name and address, and some brief detail on how you're currently responsible for leading learning. Please note that we aim to respond within 48hrs.

The group is targeted at those in learning leadership roles, but if you don't fit this criteria and want to network with other L&D practitioners, stay informed on new developments and research within L&D and continue your own professional development, you'll find our Future of HR and Learning hub a great resource.

The Future of HR and Learning is a subscription-based hub of bite-sized digital content, curated by experts in the fields of HR and L&D. It's packed full of practical resources designed to support your CPD.

You can also stay connected by following us on Twitter #CIPDLiL where you will find blogs, information and insights from events.