Using Learning Paths to implement the 70-20-10 learning model

By Dr Lydia Cillié-Schmidt

The 70:20:10 learning model is not a strict formula and is according to Charles Jennings (Co-founder of the 70:20:10 Institute) a reference model based on the general observation that the majority (70%) of learning in the workplace is done on the job, around 20% comes from social learning/interacting with others and just 10% through formal learning such as classroom training or online courses.

Jo Faragher stated in an article in Personnel Today ( that although many Learning and Development Professionals have embraced the model, few are actually demonstrating it in practice.

We have found that the Learning Path Methodology as explained by Steve Rosenbaum in his latest book, “Up to Speed: Secrets of reducing time to proficiency”, provides a framework to build learning paths taking into account the 70-20-10 model.

One of the main learning principles underlying the Learning Paths methodology as implemented by Learning Paths International ( and described by Steve in his book is that learning is a process and not an event. Steve defines a learning process as the sequence of all types of learning activities that lead to the desired level of performance and states that the learning process is a sequence of formal, informal, experiential and social learning activities.

Based on this definition, a Learning Path is defined as the sequence of learning activities from the start of training until the learner becomes proficient. A learning activity in this context is viewed as anything that the learner goes through that leads to proficiency. Designing a learning path entails finding out what type of learning activities would lead to proficiency in a particular role and then placing those activities in the best sequence on a learning path that will accelerate time to proficiency. The learning activities in most instances will reflect the 70-20-10 reference model.

The Talent Hub is Learning Path International’s partner in South Africa and we are presenting a Learning Paths certification workshop in Gauteng on 27 and 28 November 2018. Attend to find out more about this practical method to ensure a consistent learning approach in your organisation. Contact for more information.

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