Raleigh, NC – June 27, 2018 – New research by Training Industry, Inc. explores the 70-20-10 model for learning and development (L&D). The findings are published in the research report “Deconstructing 70-20-10,” which was released today.

The 70-20-10 model is considered to be a general guideline for organizations seeking to maximize the effectiveness of their L&D programs by allocating effort among on-the-job learning, social learning and formal training. As such, the model continues to be widely employed by organizations throughout the world and has become a foundation of many L&D initiatives. But does it reflect today’s corporate realities?

“This report seeks to update the concept to the present day from its inception 30 years ago, by evaluating data from over 1,500 survey respondents,” said Tom Whelan, Ph.D., director of corporate research at Training Industry, Inc. and the researcher and author of the report. “Our hope is that learning leaders will focus on optimizing their learning sources and not on a yardstick that might not describe what’s best for their employees. There is no single ratio of learning sources that works for everyone – it can change from company to company, and that’s precisely the point.”

This research report explores questions and insights about 70-20-10, including:

  • The origins of the 70-20-10 model
  • What it looks like today: Training Industry’s 55-25-20 model
  • The nuances that can alter the learning ratios in the model for different types of employees, across different companies and across different countries

Selected highlights from the research findings include:

  • Managers were more likely to attribute their learning to formal training and less likely to learn from on-the-job experiences, compared to direct reports.
  • The impact of social learning shows very little variability across types of employees and international borders.
  • Variables that influence the ratios of these sources of learning include training effectiveness, team performance, and company and employee demographics.

The research report is available online.