Having worked with Huthwaite International on various sales, account management and communication  skills projects since 1999, Learnworks Ltd is pleased to announce a new wide ranging partnership between these two leading training and learning design and delivery companies.

Rather than working on an individually defined project basis, from now on, Robin Hoyle, Senior Consultant at Learnworks will be working across a range of projects – supporting the company develop new products and services and extend the range and impact of its existing solutions with its international client portfolio.

You can read more about this exciting new alliance here.


Hacked By Unknown

by Robin on September 18, 2015

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Informal Learning in Organizations published

by Robin on September 4, 2015

Following months of research and a frenzied writing period, the new book Informal Learning in Organizations is now available in the shops and from all the usual online sources.  You can find out more here.

The book is published by Kogan Page and you can buy direct form them by clicking this link . Enter ILOHOYLE20 at checkout to gain a 20% discount on published price before 31st October, 2015.

Here’s what Clive Shepherd, author of More Than Blended Learning, said about   the book:

“I don’t think anyone would argue with the contention that workplace learning has always been, and always will be, largely informal. In other words, we haven’t just invented informal learning. However, workplace learning and development is in a state of flux and I would argue that informal learning is at the centre of that, for two reasons: (1) people have become much more confident and capable at managing their own learning because of their positive experience with the Internet; and (2) there is increasing scepticism about the value of formal learning, simply because it is now less central to our learning experience.

Learning through courses, in the context of the workplace, is a relatively recent phenomenon, perhaps only 70 years or so. Before that, we learned through apprenticeships, articles and other forms of on-job training. In the modern era, we could shift our emphasis from courses to resources, and from organisationally-driven learning to more of a peer-to-peer approach, but this is hard to accomplish when L&D departments have, in most cases, become course running machines and no longer see the bigger picture. The learning professional is running scared and short of the skills needed for 21st century learning. This book by Robin Hoyle will help them to restore their confidence.


Sorry, we simply won’t need anywhere near as many classroom instructors in the future. We will still need people who can design top-down interventions but these will be very different in nature – richly blended and seamlessly crossing from formal to informal. We also need learning architects who can help to establish the policy frameworks, technical infrastructure and cultural climate needed to see formal and informal learning thrive in a new, much more agile, responsive manner. Thank you, Robin, for attempting to herd the informal learning cats and provide us with some ways to re-shape our future as learning professionals.”




“We do not train enough”

by Robin on July 9, 2015

I can honestly say I have never before agreed with anything George Osborne says, but his comment about UK productivity in yesterday’s budget was finally something I could sign up to.  Unfortunately, George’s recipe for the enormous productivity gap that the UK has with its trading partners is not likely to be the solution he promises.

Read my response to yesterday’s budget announcements about training, apprenticeships and the so-called high wage, high skill economy here.

Problems with L&D implementation?

by Robin on July 1, 2015

The NHS has introduced a ‘new’ initiative to ensure that medics apologise directly to patients when things do not go to plan.  I say ‘new’ but in fact I first worked on this programme as long ago as 2004.

So why did the rather excellent (IMHO) training  I designed then not have the desired effect?  I’ve come up with three reasons why I think it didn’t enable NHS clinicians to apologise and the lessons I would derive from this experience in my latest blog on TrainingZone.

Do you have other lessons from those projects which didn’t work as planned?  Join the debate here or on TrainingZone.


Learning Technologies Summer Forum 2015

by Robin on June 17, 2015

I spent yesterday (16th June) at the Learning and Technologies Summer Forum and conference (LTSF15 for short). as well as catching up with some fine folks I attended a number of sessions. As part of my own learning and reflection I have written them up for anyone else who might be interested.

Overall, an interesting, and as ever with these events, a thought provoking experience.  Even when I don’t agree with what is being said – working out why I don’t agree and why the speaker is alternatively convinced is always a useful learning process. Unusually I did find things with which I agreed – even in unlikely places. However, I found some of what was said perplexing.

My thoughts can be found here and if you were there or if you wanted to be but couldn’t or if you never even knew the event was on, I’d like to know what you thought as well.  Join the discussion.

Summer newsletter

by Robin on June 12, 2015

Find out more about what’s going on this summer for Learnworks by reading the summer edition of our quarterly newsletter.

You can access it here.

If you’d like to keep in contact in the future, please sign up for future newsletters here: Subscribe me

Leadership lessons from the middle

by Robin on June 2, 2015

As a cricket fan I have been watching the recent travails surrounding the England cricket team with great interest.  There’s lots of discussion at the moment about the leadership capabilities of the England cricket captain Alistair Cook.  This is particularly in the light of his apparently more ‘natural’ opponent Brendon McCullum the New Zealand captain.

I have designed and delivered enough leadership development programmes to be a bit tired of the ‘leaders are born not made’ argument which colours these discussions in the world of cricket punditry.  You can read why I think leaders are made in my most recent blog on Training Zone.

The General Election Cometh

by Robin on April 27, 2015

Being a political anorak I have read most of the party election manifestos (well, not the Lib Dems, there’s only so many hours in the day). Disappointingly, there is a very little mention of the need for government to concern itself with learning and development for people in work.  This seems a major omission to me so I have sought to put it right!

You can read my suggestion for a government backed L&D strategy for after the election here.  You can also tell me what you think and whether you’d vote for such a thing.  Do join the conversation.

Season’s Greetings

by Robin on December 19, 2014

Its that time of year again.  The holly has been gathered and the tree decorated.  Before we pour a Ginger Wine and await Santa, I’ve sent out a final newsletter for 2014.

As well as the charity I’m supporting this year in lieu of Christmas Cards (UNHCR in South Sudan) I’m also promoting Learn Appeal.

There’s also a chance to win a L&D strategy session worth £1100 for free!  You can find out all the details here.

If you didn’t get your own personal copy of the newsletter, then please subscribe and be the first to get updates from Learnworks in 2015.

Kind wishes for the festive season and all the best for 2015.