This piece explores how Learning and Development (L&D) can attain and retain top talent. The article highlights how L&D's focus on skills development can fill gaps between corporate strategy and different departments, and increase candidate attraction. By introducing innovative methods to close skills gaps, not just increase training, companies can benefit from highly skilled employees, and create an environment of knowledge sharing. Additionally, L&D can focus on "soft-skills" which can't be taught by traditional methods, like in-person interactions and experiences. Ultimately, L&D can help in increased engagement of employees and boost productivity.