The pandemic brought with it the need for advanced technologies and employees who could manage them. Many of these new tech advancements were expected to happen in the coming years. The pandemic simply made them get here faster. The problem became that even the individuals teaching these skills lacked the most advanced and innovative solutions to provide training to their staff. University of Phoenix worked to address this by providing new access to agile training.
Working to Enhance Agile Skills Training
Many businesses today require a focus on agile solutions. These can help organizations meet the growing skills gap present in their workforce. Employers seek employees with key training including certificates or college credits that align with industry or programmatic areas such as PMI, HIMSS and SHRM. The use of microcerts and badging also helps employers identify employees with the necessary and hard-to-find training they need.
One of the key complications employers face when creating certifications or programs to allow employees to acquire these critical skills is a lack of time. It takes time for the learning and development process within organizations to create programs to educate workers. In a fast-paced environment, especially one trying to keep up with COVID-19 demands, that’s nearly impossible.
With the traditional model of creating curricula no longer effective, enterprises need to put employees into a game plan for learning. Skill-building opportunities become possible through professional development programs that provide industry-specific certificates that meet an organization’s immediate needs. More so, these paths can also help employees start on a possible degree-bearing program track. That in itself may help keep employees willing to learn and participate.
Developing Effective Educational Programs
The most traditional way to help employees scale education and skills is through learning and development offerings. The organization identifies existing skill gaps and then develops a training program to address them. This option does not provide employees with growth and development, something that requires working closely with educational allies to create.
To upskill employees more quickly, in-demand professional development opportunities need to be accessible including content packaged to meet the organization’s needs specifically. Employees can engage in coursework for in-demand disciplines to gain specialized skills. Providing access to this benefits the employee, who becomes a lifelong learner in the field, and the organization, which benefits from the improved contributions of these workers.
According to University of Phoenix, upskilling for technical or other hard skills is necessary, but it is also important to continue to focus on soft skills. This includes learning to work in teams and developing management roles.
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted how employees gain relevant skills in a fast-paced environment. Adapting to this new model of upskilling the workforce at a rapid pace may help provide better financial outcomes while also helping employees earn college credits.
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