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Thirty under 30 at Learning Technologies 2020: career support for young L&D professionals

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Learning Technologies 2020 is to include a scholarship-style career development initiative to support young L&D professionals: past participant, Hannah Duffy explains how the programme helped her career; information provided about the applications process for young L&D professionals.

Learning Technologies 2020, taking place in February in London, is to include for the first time a Thirty under 30 programme which aims to support young L&D professionals during the early stages of their career.

The Thirty under 30 programme has been running successfully in the US for around 10 years, facilitated by Learning Technologies’s sister event Orlando and now the programme is coming to the UK.

Donald H Taylor, Chair, Learning Technologies 2020, explains: “We will provide a special scholarship programme for thirty learning professionals under the age of 30 at Learning Technologies London 2020. The goal of the Learning Thirty under 30 Programme is to provide support, visibility, voice and development for the next generation of learning leaders.”

The programme itself is free to enter and offers considerable discounts for successful participants to attend the Learning Technologies with a rare opportunity for the class of 2020 to participate in mentoring activities at the event with leading industry figures and several past participants will also join the group this February at Learning Technologies to help facilitate it and share their own career experiences.

The deadline for applications for young L&D professionals to join the programme is this week at 4pm on 14th January. Details about the Thirty under 30 programme, selection criteria and the application form are available on the Learning Technologies 2020 website at and more information is also available from Alex Jones, [email protected].

The Learning 2020 Thirty under 30 programme in the USA will open to entries in the spring.

Past participant Hannah Duffy has recorded a short video below about her experiences of participating in a Thirty under 30 programme and how it benefited her career, including boosting her confidence to tackle new work tasks, such as implementing a learning management system and providing her with practical advice on topics such as asking for a salary rise. Hannah is one of the facilitators for the Thirty under 30 programme taking place in the UK at Learning Technologies 2020 this February. Check out the views of other past participants of the Thirty under 30 programme: Karah Piepkorn from Minneapolis and Megan Underwood from Ottowa.