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Job description: L&D assistant

Written by: Hazel Mason
Published on: 26 Feb 2020

A learning and development assistant’s primary responsibility is to provide professional and effective administrative support to the learning and development team. 

Job description: L&D assistant

As an L&D assistant, you will be expected to carry out a wide range of duties to support the organisation’s HR and L&D function. This means that you can get exposure to many areas within the wider team and a solid foundation for your career.

In this article, we outline some of the key responsibilities, personal qualities and skills required of an L&D assistant.

What are an L&D assistant’s responsibilities?

An L&D assistant is there to support the function as a whole, so many of your responsibilities will involve maintaining reports, researching potential training opportunities and organising L&D events. Here we outline some of the key responsibilities your role might involve:

  • Research learning and development practices in order to meet organisational, departmental and individual development needs
  • Arrange the booking of trainers, venues, travel, accommodation and facilities for L&D events
  • Communicate course requirements with trainers, facilities, learners and external suppliers with agreed timelines
  • Provide a reliable point of contact for all learning and development matters
  • Ensure staff attend internal and external learning events to meet legal requirements and wider L&D strategy
  • Produce reports on learning and development activity using agreed HR performance indicators
  • Prepare or select any learning and development materials or programmes required by the learner/trainer
  • Produce and maintain accurate records of learning and development activity in compliance with procedures
  • Monitor and collate L&D evaluation forms
  • Support the L&D team in achieving their development goals
  • Manage the learning and development calendar
  • Provide administrative support to staff and managers in the planning and delivery of L&D events and strategy
  • Provide administrative support to the wider HR team where required

What salary can you expect as an L&D assistant?

In the UK, the average salary for a learning and development assistant is £19,097 per year. However, according to Indeed, salaries can range from £7,500 to £40,000 for an L&D assistant.

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What personal qualities and skills are required to be an L&D assistant?

As an L&D assistant, you will need to be highly organised and a brilliant communicator. Here are some of the skills and personal qualities that will help you succeed in this role:

  • Experience of using IT based records management/database systems including accurate data inputting
  • Numerical ability and problem solving skills 
  • Good office based admin skills, ideally in an HR / L&D environment 
  • Ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team 
  • Discretion, with an understanding of the need for confidentiality at all times 
  • General understanding of HR / L&D activities
  • Familiarity with business software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook  
  • The ability to work accurately, with attention to detail    
  • High level of integrity and ability to recognise and correct mistakes and maintain continuous improvements  
  • Experience of working with training and development providers  
  • Knowledge of where to access up to date learning and development information  
  • Knowledge of Data Protection 

What qualifications does an L&D assistant need?

As with many HR roles, there are no required professional qualifications. But, previous experience in an HR role is a must and can demonstrate your level of ability. A degree in a human resources management or related subject could also help boost your career options and demonstrate your knowledge and skills to a hiring manager.

Similarly, a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), or other relevant HR qualification, can help you secure a role as an L&D assistant. The CIPD offers a Level 3 diploma, certificate or award in learning and development that would be the perfect base for anyone looking to start their career in L&D. Find out more.

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