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Future-proof your workforce by promoting a culture of learning Future-proof your workforce by promoting a culture of learning
It is up to us to look towards future-proofing ourselves through upskilling and education. Future-proof your workforce by promoting a culture of learning

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the way humans think, work, live and relate to each other. Human development is entering a new chapter, and extraordinary technology enables these changes.

They continue to state that these technological advances are merging the “physical, digital and biological worlds in ways that create both huge promise and potential peril. And we need to rethink how we develop, create value and what it means to be human.”

What does the future hold for humans?

With advances in technology come advances in automation and robotics, which pose a threat to human jobs. It is up to us to look towards future-proofing ourselves through upskilling and education.

The WEF includes the following in their definition of the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

“(It) is about more than just technology-driven change; it is an opportunity to help everyone, including leaders, policy-makers and people from all income groups and nations, to harness converging technologies to create an inclusive, human-centred future. The real opportunity is to look beyond technology, and find ways to give the greatest number of people the ability to positively impact their families, organisations and communities.”

And herein lies the challenge to us all. We need to find ways to impact the lives of employees positively. And what better way to do this than having and promoting a learning culture that embraces continuous learning.

Create human-centred solutions through learning

Employers can provide learning opportunities to help employees. They can not only sharpen their skills but also learn entirely new skills to help keep them relevant in a changing workforce.

Before you hire instructors or start developing in-house learning programmes, take a look at what technology offers through online learning initiatives.

There are many options available to employers, to create a learning environment for employees and provide quality educational content.

Invest in your employees’ future

Here are some cost-effective tools, services and utilities that can upskill and educate employees to help them future-proof their careers:

Coursera

Price: $400 per user per year, with custom pricing available for bigger teams.

Coursera promises expertly-curated courses from top universities and companies to give your employees the edge they need to succeed. They offer more than 3,500 courses that teams across your business units (sales, marketing, management, product, finance, and more) can access. Bonus: They also offer an entire Data Science academy for aspiring Data Scientists and a mini MBA for junior-level professionals.

As a standard offering, they provide:

  • Access to graded assessments, quizzes, and projects.
  • Verified Certificates upon course completion.
  • Priority access to learner technical support.
  • Co-branded homepage and learner communications.

With Coursera’s enterprise offering, you access services like single sign-on, LMS integrations and APIs.

Pluralsight

Price: From $579 per user per year, with custom pricing available for bigger teams.

Pluralsight offers courses for technology-based companies and employees interested or working in the following fields:

  • Software Development
  • IT Operations
  • Data Professionals
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Manufacturing & Design
  • Cloud Computing
  • Machine Learning/AI
  • Business Professionals
  • Information & Cybersecurity
  • Creative professionals

Pluralsight partners with big names like Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle, Google and StackOverflow to create relevant content for technology professionals. They regularly update courses with new developments in technologies or add classes on new technologies and methodologies to help your employees stay on top of ever-changing technologies.

With Pluralsight’s enterprise offering, you access services like single sign-on, and API integration.

LinkedIn Learning

Price: +/- R373.74 per month, with custom pricing available for bigger teams.

LinkedIn Learning is “easy to implement, easy to scale and span the learning topics your employees crave.” They offer over 14,000 online courses presented by real-world professionals spanning across many topics, career interests and specialisations.

With LinkedIn’s algorithms, your employees will see personalised content delivered to them, to help them further their career. They can jump into macro- or micro-learning offerings depending how much time they have available for learning.

LinkedIn Learning has a comprehensive course offering available, some of which includes:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Online Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Leadership & Management
  • Customer Service Training
  • Soft Skills
  • Project Management, and many more.

LinkedIn Learning’s offerings may not be too focused on topics like robotics, AI and Machine Learning. Still, they can help your teams upskill to improve their careers.

Udemy

Price: $360 per user per year, with custom pricing available for bigger teams.

Udemy offers over 4,000 online courses for businesses. They make sure that they have the latest content on various topics available to help your employees stay ahead in their field of work.

They offer courses for many departments and skillsets for any employees who want to upskill or learn something new:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Science
  • Design
  • Development
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • IT Operations
  • Leadership & Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Sales, and more.

With Udemy’s enterprise offering, you access services like LMS integrations and API integrations.

Establish a learning culture

In the 2020 Workplace Learning Report from LinkedIn, they have found that Learning & Development budgets continue to grow, but executive championship remains a challenge. They also found that “executives support learning, but championship is the next opportunity to drive engagement.”

Driving a learning culture should not just be seen as a Human Resources function, but executives should promote it too. To help support this, executives can:

  • Share their learning experiences.
  • Share some insights on courses they have completed (even if it is something not work-related).
  • Offer to present some life-learnings to employees.

In short, spend time with your executives to get them to be champions of learning to create a learning culture.

Your business industry and budget will determine which kind of training you can offer for your employees. They can also subscribe to these services as individuals to access training programmes to further their skills or learn something new to stay ahead of the curve.

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