In recent years, the CIPD has put on a number of free mini seminars to attend, which is great for those who can’t afford to attend the ‘full’ conference. I consider this (along with the exhibition) the ‘fringe’ event, and my impressions from this were:
- It isn’t cost effective to advertise in this way any more. Social media is free, and more companies are embracing this.
- There are fewer L&D companies out there – afterall, in times of austerity Marketing and Training are traditionally the first things that get the chop.
- Learning is now being completed in-house and (I hope) more as an integral part of every-day operations rather than as something separate. Learning may have become more flexible using more informal methods such as coaching, secondments and action learning meaning there is less need for traditional methods.