Understanding the Difference Between Training and Development

While often used together, there is an important distinction between the terms ‘training’ and ‘development’.  Training is any learning activity focused on acquiring specific knowledge or skills required for a particular job or task.  For example, a training course on presentation skills is intended to teach you how to make effective presentations.   Development is the continuous expansion of skills, knowledge and abilities aimed at long-term growth and career advancement. 

The term ‘professional development’ refers to a full range of learning activities aimed at personal development and career advancement.  It usually includes a mix of training and development and a blend of formal and informal learning activities.

For more about the distinction between the two, read this blog post, which equates the difference to that between today and tomorrow:  The Difference Between Training and Development

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