Monday October 27, 2014
Nigel Paine, Former Chief Learning Officer for the BBC, recently predicted that “L&D departments will become learning facilitators, helping learning to happen where it needs to happen….learners will own the learning, not L&D teams“. We agree, the ability for individuals to drive their own development is a trend that is only going to grow. Gen Y, who by 2025 will represent 75 per cent of the workforce (Forbes), already expect individualised learning that will enable them to reach their full potential as well as benefit the organisation.
Consulting your people is key, smart L&D teams are designing programmes that are engaging, effective and commercially viable whilst ensuring that there is focus on the company’s overall strategy. One organisation doing this now, and using technology to analyse their people requirements is Lexington Catering. Ranked 7th on this year’s Sunday Times best companies to work for they created an ‘Aspiring Leaders’ Programme delivering appropriate, targeted L&D. By taking this approach, Lexington not only have engaged enthusiastic people working towards personal ambitions but have the right people, with the right attitude, skill and knowledge to step into roles once they become available. It’s both engaging for employees and beneficial to the organisation.
Becoming more strategic about your L&D may seem daunting especially in a larger organisation, but using technology as the cornerstone of your L&D strategy can help you conduct a gap analysis on your competency framework, group those with similar interests and identify how people would like to learn, whether that be classroom based, courses, online or other.
How can your organisation be more strategic with its L&D, ensuring that your people thrive and goals are reached?