Level Unlocked - 70:20:10 Forum congratulates its first Certified Practitioner
"As L&D practitioners, I think we’ve over complicated things, adding all the apparently necessary bells and whistles to our courses, and 70:20:10 validates the choice to rather strip away the eye-candy and focus on what really counts – the development of capability." - Sharon English
The 70:20:10 Forum's Practitioner Certification program has reached a significant milestone with Sharon English, from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), in Melbourne, Australia, the first practitioner to successfully complete Level 1.
Launched in May 2015, the 70:20:10 Practitioner Certification program has attracted a wide range of participants across diverse industries, from local, national and global companies, eager to gain the benefits of using the 70:20:10 framework to address continuous learning in today's fast paced business environment.
Tasked with designing the learning and development framework for the VBA, Sharon began by exploring contemporary and best practice approaches to how adults are best able to learn, as well as the complexities associated with the Victorian and Australian Public Service contexts.
Sharon said, " My research findings were the primary influencers in the ‘pillars’ that now underpin the framework we developed. 70:20:10 as a methodology was, and still is, really good fit for our organisation and is a huge part of our framework." After 10 months, Sharon has completed her Level 1 and is looking to beginning the next Certification stage.
Once certifying practitioners commence their pathway they begin to realise true benefits of being able to work with a community and have access to key resources to help them shape their outcomes.
" The decision to become a certified practitioner was a logical extension of the VBA becoming a 70:20:10 Forum licenced organisation and offered me personally, a fantastic opportunity to 'learn while I was doing' through forum resources, certification projects, and socially through the community discussion boards and webinars," she said.
"I really underestimated the benefits of working out loud with other L&D practitioners through forums and discussion boards, and the value that the forum tools offer," she said.
For Sharon, Working Out Loud was key because she was working as a solo practitioner within her organisation. " It was wonderful to have a cohort I could share my ideas with and use their comments and input as I refined my approach. Everybody was so open with their own ideas, their roadblocks, challenges, even their materials and it’s been such a great way to learn. The webinars have also been terrific and I’ve established a really great network of like-minded L&D folk I hope to stay in contact with."
Most importantly Sharon believes that Certification not only validates a practitioner's capability but it also authenticates 70:20:10 as a contemporary and very necessary model which addresses the needs of current operating environments.
"I personally love the outcomes focus of capability development as opposed to the very input driven focus that terms like training or even learning have. As employee development approaches have morphed from training, to learning, to capability, we seem to have lost along the way, the value of non-event based development tools like job aids and bite-sized learning at the time of need."
She recognises that introducing very different ways of building employee capability that potentially don’t even include training, will be a challenge given the history of training and assessment service delivery in Australia. It requires the mindset to change.
"We’ve spent years, as L&D practitioners supporting competency based frameworks and have an
entire industry built on competency based training. The staple qualification here in Australia for the L&D practitioner is still a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, which does not explore the concept of capability development whatsoever, focussing rather on the training event”.
"It’s a very big wheel to turn, and I guess some practitioners will define 70:20:10, within this training and assessment framework, as nothing more than a revised version of an action or experiential learning model. Armed with all my new knowledge and experiences, I can personally contribute to the change in thinking that is needed," she said.
And the biggest personal impact for Sharon as a result of her experience with 70:20:10 Practitioner Certification?
"The certification process has re-invigorated my passion for technology as a means to support performance, and I am very excited about embarking on a couple of e-business strategy units with a local university which explore the way in which Web 2.0 technologies are being used in organisations and the impacts they are having on business outcomes".
We congratulate her on her successful completion of Level 1 and her continued work bringing 70:20:10 to life.
Sharon's complete Certification pathway is available for viewing by those within the 70:20:10 Practitioner Certification program. Sharon's Working Out Loud webinar, 'Establishing a Sustainable 70:20:10 Implementation' is available for viewing by those with licenced access to the 70:20:10 Forum
70:20:10 Practitioner Certification™ is a unique approach to building the 70:20:10 skills of your L&D team, as well as Line Leaders and Senior Managers, to enable your organisation to build workplace learning solutions into everyday work. It is offered exclusively through the 70:20:10 Forum.
Used as a strategic planning and management tool, this 100% online pathway allows participants to plan, develop and implement workplace learning solutions using 70:20:10 principles.
Participants are guided by the program's tasks which they use to direct and inform the work they are doing as part of their everyday roles and responsibilities in delivering on organisational objectives.
It is delivered completely online over a 12 month period with the participant determining their own direction to create and implement tangible and useable strategies, programs and initiatives as a result.