“You had one job!” Helping to develop the skills of professionals has always been the core job of learning professionals. So why is reskilling and upskilling popping up all of a sudden in almost every report or analysis as if it is something new?
Certain economical and societal developments in recent years played a role, the pandemic did as well. The scarcity of hiring new, skilled employees has put an increased demand on learning and training.
Quite often, skills development is handled by managers, but learning happens from doing the work. Motivation to learn comes into play, too. Sometimes that’s internal, sometimes the motivation comes from the organisation. And recently, government funding has become a factor, mostly not a positive one, in motivation for training as well.
There seems to be plenty of money sloshing around in learning and development, meaning plenty of opportunity for training providers. There is room for training broad, generalised skills on a great scale and creating specific training for niche demands as well. Take your pick.
Probably most importantly, this is the time to have conversations with your clients and work together on creating learning solutions that help all parties involved.
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