How can you bridge the ‘Digital Skills Gap’?
With the digital revolution gaining momentum, bridging the ‘Digital Skills Gap’ has become a hot topic. I am sure you are well of aware of what it is but if you’re not then we will quickly explain below:
Digital skill gap falls into two categories
Category 1: A shortage of relevant digital skills within the current employee pool to take the company forward.
Category 2: A shortage of graduates and new hires coming into the workforce with the relevant digital skills that will fill the gaps in these businesses.
Companies are under pressure to bridge the Digital Gap to maintain their competitive edge in a crowded marketplace. There are a number of solutions to help you equip your employees with the relevant knowledge.
HR need to invest in new training solutions
Equipping employees with the relevant knowledge and expertise is the quickest way to close the Digital Skills Gap. I am not talking about training through the old and tired Learning Management systems of yesteryear that often felt like they hindered learning than encouraged it. I am talking about new SaaS companies that specialise in giving companies/HR departments the tools to create their own online training school. HowNow is a perfect example of how these new platforms can aid you in the learning process by enabling interactive, engaging and accessible training for your employees.
HowNow enables you to teach through a virtual classroom, hold live classes and enable multiple content formats, to ensure content is engaging and digestible. Using a platform that is online such as HowNow means that you don’t have to worry about installing a new HR training system on all your employees’ computers. We have made learning accessible, which means as long as they have an internet connection your employees can log into your company school and learn from anywhere. They can even learn on the go using the HowNow iOS and Android app – how cool is that! This will be transformative for your employees as it gives them the flexibility to complete the training at a time and location that suits them.
Partnering with experts to conduct training
You’re probably thinking that it is great you have a system to use but we don’t have the skills to teach it? This is not an issue. The best way to address this is for your company to develop relationships with industry experts in the skill areas where there is a shortage and engage them to produce courses for your online school. This way you can offer a range of specialist courses for your employees to upskill them. Alternatively, you can call upon the existing experts within your company to produce courses that will help educate and upskill employees.
How do you tackle the incoming workforce that lacks the skills needed?
Take the same approach as you have with your existing employees – invest in and upskill them as it has a longer-term benefit for your company. Employees joining the company will demonstrate a willingness to learn and develop, especially if they know they are lacking the skills needed. Once an applicant has been successfully recruited, you can give them access to your online school so they can get started on the training straight away. The likelihood that they will be willing to complete some training before starting the job is high, as they will be keen to impress in their new role.
A shocking 40% of employees leave within the first year because they do not feel they have been given the necessary skills and training to be effective at their job. You can ensure that your employees do not add to this statistic by developing a strong and comprehensive training programme now. HowNow offers a two-week free trial and a demo of the platform so you can find out how this can help transform your business. If you want to find out more, book a demo on our website or feel free to send me any questions at [email protected]
K.Gutierrez. 22nd August 2017. Mind-blowing Statistics that Prove the Value of Employee Training and Development. Shift Learning. Accessible: [https://www.shiftelearning.com/blog/statistics-value-of-employee-training-and-development]