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  • Accredited Courses in training the trainer from foundation to diploma level.
  • Learning Management Strategies
  • Masterclasses in key aspects of developing a learning environment
  • Review and Measurement of the impact of learning

Companies trained for

  • Captia,
  • Lloyds TSB,
  • Portman Building Society,
  • Norwich & Peterborough Building Society,
  • The Training Tree,
  • Spinal Injuries Scotland,
  • Forth Sector,
  • Qualifications and Cirriculum Authority,

The Learning Sanctuary


The Learning Sanctuary is a UK based provider of qualifications and master classes for everyone involved in learning and training, from those about to deliver a training session for the first time all the way through to senior executives responsible for directing the overall effectiveness of learning in an organisation.

The Learning Sanctuary was conceived by Neville Pritchard, formerly Director of Learning at Barclays Plc and Head of Group Training and Management Development at Abbey National. In both of these roles, and also as Chairman of the Financial Services Sector Skills Council  & UK President of ASTD, Neville had become increasingly frustrated  at the lack of formal, relevant, practical and cost effective qualifications and career development available to those within the learning & training profession.

His vision was to create a suite of internationally recognised qualifications that will help learning professionals develop not only their skills, but also their careers.

Whether you are a specialist training deliverer or designer, a learning consultant, a learning & development manager or even a learning executive it has been very difficult to find learning to complement your career pathway - that is of course up until now!

Working exclusively and in partnership with ITOL (Institute of Training and Occupational Learning), The Learning Sanctuary will provide a range of accredited qualifications to suit YOU.


Diploma in Learning Management (DipLM)


The purpose of this qualification programme is to recognise an individuals' capability to fulfil a specialist management role in Learning & Development to a consistent industry standard. Individual managers will acquire greater confidence, knowledge and depth of understanding in the management of learning and development and in meeting operational challenges.

The programme is aimed at improving: alignment, integration, governance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of learning within organisations. Individuals will recognise the link between organisational needs and causal issues and provide focused solutions.

The Diploma will enable those employed in training, learning, assessment or vocational education to gain entry into the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning at Fellowship level, provided that other criteria concerning role responsibilities and experience are met.


Who Should Attend:

This programme is recommended for the following groups of people:

  • Senior training and development specialists seeking to move into management
  • First line team leaders in learning and development
  • Individuals with responsibility for training and development in SMEs
  • Experienced learning and development consultants seeking to better understand the challenges facing learning and development in their client organisations



The objectives for this programme have been categorised according to specific subject areas, which are listed below.


Learning & Development Concepts, Approaches and Organisational Fit

  • Understand and confidently apply relevant learning theories to different organisation situations
  • Appropriately select and blend effective methods and delivery media to meet individual and/or organisational needs
  • Recognise and coordinate the value of working with other parts of the organisation to implement effective learning

Managing Learning & Development Operations

  • Manage and align all of the different specialists and their activities within a learning and development function
  • Ensure quality and consistency in the output from learning and development specialists
  • Effectively capture, analyse and report the performance of learning and development within the organisation

 Learning & Development Governance and Value

  • Provide reassurance and governance through the application of fundamental management principles to learning and development
  • Produce an articulate business case for learning and development investment in the organisation

 Operational Management and Fundamentals of Leadership

  • Align the emphasis of learning support appropriately to meet the organisational requirement balance between performance, engagement, capability and reputation enhancement
  • Make informed decisions in relation to learning and development support for the organisation in terms of providing ongoing learning support and meeting the challenges of change
  • Manage the costing and budgeting of training and development activity
  • Update own Personal Development Log with examples



The DipLM programme has been designed to reflect best practices in adult learning approaches. These include:

  • Formal taught workshops led by experienced facilitators
  • Coaching support
  • Self-managed learning approaches, such as -
  • Action learning sets
  • Action research
  • Peer reviewing
  • Reflective practice
  • Open and distance learning
  • Learning will be consolidated by the completion of a written assignment and a substantial work-based project, both of which will require additional work in the learners' own time.


Programme Format and Duration:

This programme will be run in four blocks of two days each (eight days in total). Some preparation will be required between the parts of the programme and additional time will be needed to complete the assignment and project.

The programme will take approximately nine months, as detailed below:


Month Activities
  • Resource pack and distance learning
  • Two-day workshop - 'Learning & Development Concepts, Approaches and Organisation Fit'
  • Module research
  • Start assignment (3000 words)
  • Assignment research/work
  • Learning set networking
  • Resource pack and distance learning
  • Two-day workshop - 'Managing Learning & Development Operations'
  • Module research and assignment work
  • Assignment research/work
  • Learning set networking
  • Resource pack and distance learning
  • Two-day workshop - 'Learning & Development Governance and Value'
  • Module research
  • Complete assignment
  • Preparation for project
  • Resource pack and distance learning
  • Two-day workshop - 'Operational Management and Fundamentals of Leadership'
  • Module research
  • Coaching support
  • Start project (8000 words)
Seven to Nine
  • Project research/work
  • Learning set networking
  • Coaching support
  • Complete project



£2380 + VAT per person.


To book the course now, call us at 08455213747 or click here to fill the form.


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"Workbooks - well laid out and easy to read. Excellent reference material both in the body of the workbook and in the reference materials indicated. I found the Learning Log was a good way to consolidate my learning."

"Workshops - Energetic, interesting, informative and applicable to my role as trainer. There was a good mix of information, group work and consolidation exercises."

"Programme Trainer - Angela was excellent throughout the course, she took a genuine interest in the trainees and through her enthusiasm and first-rate delivery brought the course alive for me. Her wealth of knowledge is superb and this coupled with her commitment and dedication made the course enjoyable, interesting and ultimately important to me in gaining knowledge and experience to help me in my role as Senior Trainer and to gain the accreditation."

Norma Campbell, Capita


"I am delighted to lend my support to the work of The Learning Sanctuary. Anything that focuses on skills for those people directly involved in development will undoubtedly have an enormous positive impact on the skills agenda as a whole. This is a very positive initiative for Learning and Development professionals and I hope that it will provide a template which can be taken into other areas as well."

Dr Ken Boston, Chief Executive, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority