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Establishing a Learning Plan

What is a Learning Plan?

A Learning Plan is a useful tool to plan and manage learning goals as they relate to achieving work objectives and/or competency development.

Developing a Learning Plan requires that you:

  1. Identify a Learning Goal, the Competency (core or general) to be developed or work objective to be achieved;
  2. Identify the learning experience needed to develop that ability; and
  3. Identify the support required to develop and apply that ability.

Why is it important?

Employees have the opportunity to state their learning requirements to achieving work objectives and/or to advance within the GNWT. Being successful in our positions by achieving work objectives and increasing our learning leads to being successful in our programs, units, divisions, and departments.

Tips on developing a Learning Goal

Similar to writing effective Work Objectives, Learning Goals should be developed using the SMART approach.



Single learning goal that is specific to a work objective or competency.



Learning goal that can be quantifiable.



Achievable goal within the fiscal year.



Consistent with work objectives and career aspirations.



There is a time limit associated with completion of learning goal.

A learning experience does not have to be a formal training course.  Although formal training programs can provide considerable value, there are many other opportunities for fostering learning.

These include (but not limited to):

  • Participating on a committee or project team
  • Job Shadowing
  • Pursuing a career development assignment
  • Running or Chairing a meeting
  • Leading or participating in a focus group
  • Accepting an acting assignment
  • Becoming active in a professional organization
  • Attending seminars and conferences

Learning Goal Examples

“In support of successfully fulfilling the role as the divisional safety representative, complete First Aid Training within the next three months.”

“To assist with the financial component of your role, view SAM PeopleSoft HRIS Modules this week & complete SAM & Visa One training within the next three months.”

“In support of increasing my People Management Competency, develop and deliver a team building exercise to divisional staff by June.”