Applying Training and Transferring Learning in the Workplace: How to Turn Hope into Reality
Studies and research around the transfer of learning date back to the early 20th century and since then, a plethora of viewpoints, theories and research fields have emerged to analyse how individuals, or trainees, apply the knowledge and skills gained in training to their real-world workplace environment. This aspiration to successfully transfer learning continues to the present day.
We issued a Transfer of Learning Survey in March 2011 designed to assess an organisation’s success or difficulty in fostering a learning transfer climate in the workplace. The goal was to determine if organisations had a system or set of processes that ensures trainees can apply learning on the job — in an immediate way — to improve actual employee performance and generate positive business impact.
The survey was sent to training-related managers and leaders at both government agencies and commercial institutions spanning multiple industries around the globe. With more than 3200 responses, our Transfer of Learning Study helps us form a picture of how and why organisations are succeeding, or falling short, in the application and transfer of learning, and to learn and share transfer of training best practices.
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