There is no doubt that the pandemic has seen a rise in digital learning (and working) as employers and their staff have had to adapt to the way the crisis has changed the world of work.
In a recent article I read that was published by CIPD, it was reported that 70 per cent of businesses saw a surge in the use of digital or online programmes over the last year. The main reasons for this increase is readily associated with the restrictions the pandemic imposed, but a lot of the credit should be given to all the training organisations and learning professional that have stepped up and delivered, despite the obvious cuts in both budgets and resource. These efforts have never been more important for employers as they reskill and redeploy their workers and adapt to the changing environment. So what now?
How will training in the future look like as we all start to emerge from the restrictions imposed across the last 15 months? Firstly, it is clear that even through a pandemic learning never stops! And the need for learning is greater than ever before, with businesses needing new skills and a fair amount of imagination to face new-world challenges. Only this week we’ve been speaking with a variety of employers who have reported an increased need for mental health training across their leadership teams due to the effects of the pandemic – that didn’t exist or wasn’t as prevalent pre-pandemic. Or a group of employers that require support to upskill their team leaders so they can manage their workforce more remotely using technology solutions – again as a consequence of the pandemic and new ways of working. We truly hope that the digital innovation that has been demonstrated over the past year remains, and it continues to allow individuals and organisations to adjust, shine and emerge successfully on the other side of a turbulent year! If we get this right we will see learning happening more frequently, flexibly and impactfully, whether individuals are at home, in the office or a bit of both.
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