Learner Development


Education provides a knowledge base that underpins any other activities the individual may engage in at a later stage. Training is not as general and tends to concentrate on skills development. “Development” allows both activities to be integrated. It has been described as “the general enhancement and growth of an individual’s skills and abilities through conscious and unconscious learning.

Development, therefore, includes education and training as well as a range of other activities such as coaching, looking, listening and mentoring. Learning is the outcome of both training-led and education-led approaches to development, yet learning itself is complex. It is far more than the shifting of knowledge or information from educator/trainer to the learner.

Donegal ETB understand that learning is not simply something that takes place as a formal process in a classroom. We understand that there is a need to incorporate a wider range of activities in the typical learning mix – our blended learning approach.