Digitization, sustainability and new professional profiles in the labor market have created the need for companies to invest in the continuous training of their employees. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the world urgently needs to upgrade the technical and human skills of more than a billion people by 2030.
The required training must be focused on strengthening skills in response to the expected salary and functional level. Thus, any training strategy must consider the following requirements:
Currently, there is talk of two concepts that refer to organizational training processes: upskilling and reskilling.
Upskilling is the acquisition of new skills that allow you to increase your expertise in the same position or profile. In other words, meeting that need by training the person so that they can evolve in their position and keep up with the market.
While reskilling requires learning new skills to apply them in a new position within the area or the company. In other words, part of the need to create a job that requires certain skills and specific abilities, and that will allow the company to compete with others.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) indicates that continuous training is a key element to take advantage of the new technologies and work activities that are being developed.
This is why the skills that are most required in employees today are commitment and the ability to adapt and learn.
How to carry out continuous training?
To be successful in applying continuous training, it is important to create a step-by-step that allows you to organize the process.
- Identification of skills and processes to be strengthened: perform an internal study on what are those skills and areas that need improvement.
- Identification of the people to train: it is very important to understand if these people are willing, mentally and emotionally, to participate in the training process.
- Training plan design: It should be recognized which courses will be carried out, the digital tools and the facilitators that will participate.
- Analysis of results: In the last phase, it is important to gather information that allows defining the impact of continuous training in the company and if it is being effective. Strategies such as advanced data analytics manage to provide valuable inputs to objectively measure the return and impact of the investment.
Types of continuing education
In person: It is the traditional way of learning. It has the advantage of having the opportunity to experience practical issues up close, however, it has the disadvantage of travel and the time it can take to get to the place.
Remote: Also called e-learning, it is the preferred form of learning due to its flexibility. It allows the employee to take the courses according to their availability and autonomously.
Hybrid: Also called blended learning due to the mixture of face-to-face and digital. It has the best of both modalities, since its theoretical topics can be learned remotely, while in person topics are reinforced and the practical is learned. Thus, there is autonomy when learning but learning is strengthened.
Benefits of continuous training
Training is a win-win process where the employee feels valued and motivated, increasing their work performance, while the company reduces psychosocial risk and increases its productivity and competitiveness.
Investing in employee training means greater visibility of them by the company. The motivation to learn something new and the opportunity to grow personally and professionally will lead to greater job satisfaction, high performance and better performance.
This is how it will also allow the company to have added value and to be able to compete with other companies in the same sector and generate innovative processes in its industrial sector. To obtain an advance in the digital area, it is important to have people who know how to use these tools, whether they are programs or equipment. You will not be able to obtain a benefit from these technologies if you do not have a staff trained to use them.
So if you want your company and your employees to increase their job performance, it's time for you to rethink organizational processes and go to internal education to achieve it.
Start asking yourself what you need to train your employees on, who you are going to train, and by what means. Do not wait any longer to apply continuous, digital, organized and manageable training in your company.