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Growing in Maturity

Towards Maturity supports those who are responsible for delivering effective learning in the workplace, at whatever stage of your journey.

Our effective practice benchmarking activities have shown that organisations mature in establishing and e-enabled learning culture perform better in the areas of business agility, efficiency, employee engagement and general business impact.

Our aim is to help organisations grow and learn, to be the best they can be, by taking part our formal Towards Maturity Benchmark  where you can benchmark your current learning approaches against the very best, using the Towards Maturity Model as a framework.

You are also invited to benchmark informally by browsing our wide selection of case studies and employer stories.

The Towards Maturity Model



Over the years, we have identified 6 work streams of effective practices  which collectively entwine to help improve learning technology innovation and impact in the work place. These 6 work streams, known as the Towards Maturity Model, form the basis of our underlying benchmark process and are constantly reviewed and recallibrated with each benchmark study.

We have provided an overview of the model below, together with links to some examples of measurable activities that improve business impact of learning technologies at work. These links will take you to relevant case studies, research and updates in this area.

To find out how you compare with your peers, go to our Benchmark Centre and complete your benchmark today.

You can benchmark at any time,  you are brand new to e-learning it helps you create a baseline but we also have tips for getting started


6 strands of activities

Why are these important in delivering impact?

What types of activities are included?

Mature organisations are more likely to align learning to business strategy, ensure that programmes are relevant to both business and individual requirements

Regardless of sector or size of implementation, mature implementations formulate a range of strategies to help define need.

Mature organisations are likely to have a greater focus on understanding the context of the learner, their motivations and environment

Understanding the learner context requires a fresh look  on learner motivation, opportunities for informal learning, work life balance and opportunities to use new technologies for learning

What are the work environment factors that might influence success? What needs to be changed? How to go about it?

Does the organisation have appropriate infrastructure? How does culture influence success and how can you involve managers more successfully? Where does learning fit into the overall approach to talent management?

Mature organisations target the changing needs of their learning and development professionals to ensure that they are  to be equipped with the right skills, resources and reputation to effect change.

Cabability of L&D professionals will include areas such as blended learning, learner support, content ( custom, building it quickly, generic content) know what free tools are available, how to build collaboration and deliver assessment


Mature organisations have proactive strategies for involving critical stakeholders who influence behaviour change.

This strand has a focus on  learner engagement and building activities linked to  marketing and managing change.

Mature organisations will be proactive in identifying the value their learning technologies are adding to their organisation.

On this site we have examples of organisations showing improved productivity and organisational benefits.

If anyone is interested in using this model within their own organisation, please contact Towards Maturity for details of licensing arrangements.

Latest Information

The 2014 Towards Maturity is now closed - the full results will be released on 6th November.             


Join the conversation at #GetTheEdge14 and keep in touch through Twitter @towardsmaturity 


 Whilst the main study is now closed, L&D leaders can still benchmark their  learning strategy with peers in our Online Benchmark Centre:


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