January 4, 2022
There is no doubt that tomorrow’s skills are emerging and reportedly, a study has found that 39 per cent of employees agree that today’s skills are evolving, particularly in new skills including: virtual team collaboration; artificial intelligence, cloud services, ability to interact with smart robots and digital dexterity of all kinds. (Source: Gartner 2019)
This calls for action for HR leaders and executive decision makers to build skills in preparation for today and tomorrow for the success of their workforce. Upskilling and reskilling team members have vast benefits to the overall organisation with a number of positive outcomes including:
In the majority of business sectors, companies state that skills gaps are the prime reason there are barriers to adopting new technologies that would increase productively (Source: World Economic Forum, 2021). With all reasons pointing to the dire need to reskill and upskill for the new world of work, you may be wondering: Where do we start? How to find the right course for my team? What are the key areas to look out for?
In this article, we will explore how you can select the right course for your team, with our checklist:
Firstly, before browsing for the right course for your team, it is important as the decision maker for your company to decipher what the the knowledge or skills gap to bridge currently and within the next couple of years. This can begin in-house with performance reviews and see where the opportunities lie internally.
From here, you will be able to uncover the most pressing skills needed for your employees. Therefore, relevance is a key criteria when searching for the right course for your team, to connect your employees to any shortfall of skills. A great way to find out whether the materials will match your team’s needs will be reviewing the learning outcomes and course syllabus.
Another aspect to look out for when searching for the right course for your team is whether the course is validated by experts within the field. Having the course backed and endorsed by leading industry professionals is key to ensure that your team will be gaining the foundational skills that everyone in the industry needs.
For example, CS101 partners with some of the most innovative technology companies to ensure that the course provides learners with the skills necessary to succeed in the digital economy.
Adding on to the above, another bonus point is whether or not the course for your team is recognised by the industry in a form of a digital credential. Having the course aligned to a Quality Assurance Framework, will allow your team to be rest assured that there is valid proof of their skills, knowledge and high standards of learning upon successful completion.
CS101 is aligned to the Australian OpenCreds Micro-Credential Framework and is approved by OpenLearning’s quality assurance department. The OpenCred will be in the form of a digital credential that includes both a badge and a certificate that you will be able to share on social media.
In this digital age, finding a course that can work around your team’s schedule will enable them to learn and progress at their own pace. Research has shown that courses providing ongoing support and self-development options allow employees to access effective development opportunities at their own time, therefore enabling them to be 66 per cent more engaged and 4.2 times more likely to stay within the company (Source: Gartner 2019).
As part of most, if not all courses available (whether online or offline), it is essential to know if the course offers your team potential job market updates and information. This will be valuable as a decision maker of your organisation to understand the opportunity gaps within your company. Having your team to upskill or reskill can better position themselves in their current roles and future careers with skills preparedness, which leads to the bigger picture of benefiting the company as a whole.
With the shift to online learning, it is essential that your team has access to an agile and robust end-to-end system to ensure the best possible user experience from start to finish. Another aspect to review is whether the course has access to customer support, online chats or facilitations, including relevant content materials to support the learning process including blog posts and downloadable resources for additional industry insights.
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