The ‘digital’ world presents both challenges and opportunities for HR leaders in the workplace. This includes how to tackle the growing skills gap, that has been in part triggered by a surge in automation and AI. This comes at a time when now more than ever before those same teams are being asked to demonstrate real impact of their training programs. Some may say that HR leaders are finding themselves in a perfect storm.
Our children’s children will have multiple jobs across their working life. It is also becoming the norm to have more than one job at a time. If you were to imagine this say, five years ago, it wouldn’t have seemed possible…
There are many levels of complexity here and many areas for our HR leaders to focus on. With changing roles across our workforce, the need to have requisite skills that can come with them and for those skills to be recognised is going to be important. One aspect of this is skills credentialing.
A Credential is formal recognition by an authoritative, independent third party that has assessed and judged that a person through experience and workplace performance has achieved a particular professional capability. This presents great opportunity for revitalising outmoded training traditions to promote and encourage on the job training. For new employees and as an ongoing professional development program. The ability to identify and certify skills most needed in the organisation to ensure staff remain relevant in a competitive and changing environment is invaluable.
Skills credentialing is a solid investment opportunity for upskilling teams, to gain competitive advantage, attract and retain talent and motivate employees.
Digitalme, part of City & Guilds explains; "Digital credentials are already helping millions of people to create a richer lifelong picture of their achievements, all backed by objective evidence. Helping viewers to make better employment decisions and the individual to stand out from the crowd. Ensuring people get the recognition and reward they deserve for all their hard-earned skills development and career progression”.
Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2017 details the importance of L&D; “Employees and organizations expect continuous learning. New performance management practices (and tools) facilitate regular discussions about capabilities and skills, helping employees learn where to focus and what learning to adopt. New learning solutions are creating an “always-on” learning environment to support this need”.
“Digital credentials are quickly becoming an important signal of employability for the modern workforce. That's creating a need for a trusted platform which makes it easy to share and broadcast skills -- and for employers to find the talent they need,” said David Leaser, Senior Program Executive, Innovation and Growth Initiatives at IBM.
All training effectiveness is under scrutiny and HR Leaders will have pondered “Is ours delivering real value?”. It is an increasingly global practice to use digital credentials to provide reward and recognition for worthy achievements in the workplace, including;
- Units of qualifications
- Membership status
- Experiences and work placements
- Transferable / Human Skills (cognitive skills)
- Professional development
- Working habits (non-cognitive skills)
- Attitudes and behaviour
- Awards and prizes
Across the spectrum, particularly with compliance, health and safety, skills development… not only is the emphasis on good quality engaging content with high level completion and results, there will be a strong desire to certify/validate this training. For the acquired learning to be recognised locally across the organisation, yet within the industry as well. HR leaders need to understand that recognised training is a key requirement for businesses to meet their unique organisational requirements.
This open source format for credentialing is now accessible and affordable for any sector and any size organisation for HR and L&D leaders to reward staff for CV worthy achievements.
One of the rigorous skills credentialing offerings launching across APAC is a new partnership between learning heavyweight and globally renowned City & Guilds and ILM that allows organisations to easily author and issue their credentials in an open source format, where learners build a profile to showcase and share their achievements. All in a secure and compliant approach, rather like a digital bank account of their skills.
Their simple and efficient newly launched ‘Assured’ service is a business improvement tool that accelerates in-house learning for maximum impact. All the organisation’s training content is audited, no matter what format or length. If face-to-face, e-learning, assessed or non-assessed training, also training in local languages. Once assured, successful training completions are certified with co-branded design of the organisation’s digital credentials that form part of the recognition service, so that employees can easily share their achievements online.
Interestingly, if the content of the programme is leadership and management focused, it will be additionally validated against the ILM skills credentialing benchmark. A training programme designed to realise the potential of talented leaders, managers, coaches and mentors in the workplace.
City & Guilds and ILM have an easy 6 step process to getting Assured in-house training Read more…