Knowledge in the area of professional training and development is not static. We face ever-changing, open-ended and often complex challenges. That’s why the IITD is always on the lookout for new trends and fresh thinking.

You will find below links to articles about the latest T&D trends, thinking and research that will inspire you and keep you up to date. You can also tap into the insights and experiences of specially invited T&D professionals on our T&D Blog


New Perspectives on 70:20:10


For all its popularity, there are reasonable criticisms of 70:20:10. If the exact numbers aren’t important, why are they used in the name? Do those numbers accurately reflect the vastly differing needs of novices and experts? Do the percentages marginalise the importance of formal interventions in learning complex new skills?

National Skills Bulletin 2017 - Summary


The National Skills Bulletin 2017 is the 13th in an annual series of reports produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS and the first to be produced on behalf of the National Skills Council (NSC). The Bulletin provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, by examining a variety of indicators on demand and supply of learning methods are not credible—learning results depend on too many variables to enable such precision. 


A Guide to the Future of Work


Josh Bersin, the Founder of Bersin by Deloitte, discusses where he believes the future of work is heading towards, and what the most important aspects to consider within that would be.

Masters of our own Learning Universe

New ways of learning, owing much to digital technology and scientific research, are empowering students and business trainees.

Those educating the next generation are now taking cues from a lot more sources beyond the classroom, including the media industry.

Millennial Learning Myths and Misconceptions Prescriptions for a Modern Learning Strategy

With millennials now the largest generation in the workforce, many organisations have become consumed with trying to cater to this group’s learning preferences. But are members of Generation Y really that different from other generations? Increasingly, research reveals that millennial values vary less from those of other generations than the media has led us to believe.

The Disruption of Digital Learning (Bersin by Deloitte)

Digital Learning does not mean learning on your phone, it means “bringing learning to where employees are.” 

It is a “way of learning” not a “type of learning.”

Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations 

Today we live in a world that is increasingly shaped by exponentially improving digital technologies that are accelerating change, increasing uncertainty, and driving performance pressure on a global scale. Consumers are less and less willing to settle for the standardised offerings that drove the success of large institutions in the past. 

Leveraging Knowledge for Creativity Innovation and Competitive Advantage 

Does your organisation know what it knows?” It is estimated that more than 70% of all knowledge in organisations consists of tacit knowledge. Employees are the holders of this tacit knowledge, consisting of accumulated expertise, know-how, know-who and experience, but the challenge for organisations is to leverage it for competitiveness.

National Skills Strategy 2025

This new National Skills Strategy 2025 aims to underpin Ireland's growth as an economy and as a society over the coming years. Through the vision, actions and targets set out, the Strategy will support development of a well-educated, well-skilled and adaptable labour force, creating and sustaining a strong pool of talented people of all ages living in Ireland

 Women in Leadership Today - Bersin by Deloitte

Research indicates that companies with women in top leadership positions tend to have better performance across a variety of metrics, including the financial bottom line. Yet women are often still underrepresented both in the board room and in senior leadership roles.

 Mentoring in Organisations in Ireland

Mentoring programmes have rapidly increased in popularity amongst many organisations in recent years.  The purpose of this report is to provide a greater insight into organisational mentoring programmes aimed at supporting leadership and behavioural development initiatives. This need for greater insight is due to an increased interest from organisations seeking to introduce such programmes. This report draws upon survey responses from 18 organisations who already have such initiatives in place.

Apprenticeships vs Internships in Learning & Development 

Please click here to view the report based on a recently conducted survey by IITD
National Skills Bulletin 2016 – Expert Group on Future Skills Needs

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 is the latest in an annual series of reports, produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS on behalf of the EGFSN. The Bulletin provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level. The objective of the Bulletin is to inform policy formulation in the areas of employment, education/training, career guidance and immigration. The Bulletin also aims to assist students, job seekers, persons returning to the labour force, investors and employers in making labour market decisions.

OECD Skills Outlook 2017 

The OECD Skills Outlook 2017 shows how countries can make the most of global value chains, socially and economically, by investing in the skills of their populations. Applying a “whole of government” approach is crucial. Countries need to develop a consistent set of skills-related policies such as education, employment protection legislation, and migration policies, in coordination with trade and innovation policies. This report presents new analyses based on the Survey of Adult Skills and the Trade in Value Added Database. It also explains what countries would need to do to specialise in technologically advanced industries.

Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020

The Government's Action Plan for Jobs 2012 highlighted the need for a renewed focus on manufacturing. The overarching objective of this study is to address the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland, over the period 2012-2020. This study has been developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken by Forfás under the Action Plan for Jobs 2012.