In anticipation of Lifelong Learning Week next week, Alan Hiddleston Senior Corporate Director (International), D2L comments on the current skills crisis and how learning and corporate development (L&D) departments and educational institutions should adapt their programs to facilitate continuous learning.
“The pandemic has proven that lifelong learning is vital. Workers need to be better equipped with the skills of tomorrow and the demand for training programs and reskilling initiatives will likely increase in the months ahead. It will take a serious cultural shift, the way we value, deliver and measure learning will need to be reviewed – establishing a culture of continuous learning is essential. Students will have to overcome this idea that learning stops after higher education. Similarly, employees must be aware that retraining will remain a constant throughout their professional life.
“Looking ahead, companies will likely require their staff to retrain throughout their careers, and colleges will update their courses accordingly to ensure students are better prepared to enter the market. work. Modularity, or an omnichannel approach to education and training, will be key. Working with industry, institutions can ensure that desirable skills are integrated into their curriculum and delivered in all courses. Likewise, organizations can offer insight into how to design programs that cater to lifelong learners. After all, companies will need much more flexible short courses that allow current employees, some of whom will be adult learners, to easily re-enter the education system and periodically pick up new skills.
“With micro-certificates, desirable skills and competencies can be compartmentalized into different categories, and HR managers can design more personalized learning programs for specific individuals. L&D teams can condense skills and capabilities into small chunks, where results can be quantified and measured. Competences can then be better matched to individual job roles and learner needs, taking into account personal learning pathways. Organizations could nominate employees for a particular course if they have identified areas for improvement or if staff are looking to expand their skills.
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