Today, businesses across the globe face an intriguing paradox – an abundance of jobseekers, yet a scarcity of skills. It sounds contradictory, right? Well, this is the situation companies worldwide find themselves in. In 2023 alone, a whopping 74% of employers admitted having a tough time finding skilled people for their vacancies (Source: ManpowerGroup, 2023 Talent Shortage Report).
Unraveling the skills gap problem
The skills gap is no small issue; it’s a massive problem shaking many businesses to their core. Put simply, the skills gap is the difference between the skills businesses need and what job seekers bring to the table. According to McKinsey & Company, nearly 87% of companies around the globe are aware that they either already have a skills gap or will have one soon.
When this gap widens, companies suffer. Their performance drops, employees become disengaged, and customers aren’t satisfied. From new start-ups trying to grow to large corporations working on complex strategies, everyone is feeling the pinch. As Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, has said, “The scarcest resource in the world is not oil, it’s talent” (Source: World Economic Forum, 2016 Annual Meeting).
As the skills gap issue becomes more critical, Learning & Development (L&D) pros are stepping up. They’re using their expertise to come up with ways to bridge this gap. However, in many businesses, L&D teams have been creating large, complex skills frameworks that don’t do much good. They might look impressive on paper or fancy tech platforms, but they’re often too complicated to be practical.
Here at Learning Uncut, we’ve taken a novel approach. We’ve adopted the popular 3E Development Framework, which stands for Education, Exposure, and Experience.
Education covers structured learning programs and resources, like courses, workshops, webinars, podcasts, books, etc. The right educational program can boost an employee’s performance by up to 25% (Source: American Society for Training and Development, 2023 Report).
The second ‘E’ is Exposure, which involves learning from others and gaining insights from different perspectives. This happens through mentoring, job shadowing, coaching, feedback, networking, etc. Exposure speeds up learning and helps people acquire skills faster.
Finally, Experience is about learning by doing real work. Think projects, assignments, challenges, experiments, etc. Experience improves skill retention, making it a crucial part of effective skills development.
This framework helps create a flexible and dynamic learning ecosystem. It puts employees in control of their learning journey, leading to a culture of continuous learning. The result? Better employee retention and efficient cross-skilling.
Making learning accessible and customised
At Learning Uncut, we understand that a strong framework isn’t the whole solution. How we deliver the learning experience matters too. We need to present it in a way that’s engaging, practical, and filled with activities and resources that meet each employee’s needs.
Let’s be real, it’s hard for people to know what they don’t know. So, it’s on us as L&D professionals to guide them. We use self-assessment tools, personalised learning pathways, and flexible development plans to give employees a clear roadmap for their skill development.
Closing the skills gap isn’t a quick fix. It needs long-term commitment from everyone: employees, employers, leaders, and L&D pros. By creating learning ecosystems, we can unlock the potential of our workforce and set ourselves up for a successful future.
Imagine a future where businesses no longer scramble for talent, but instead have a thriving learning ecosystem that continuously nurtures and refines the skills of its workforce. A skills-focused approach to talent development can help us get there. It enables organisations to not only attract the right talent but also keep them by offering meaningful development opportunities. This approach aligns with what the modern workforce wants. According to a Gallup survey, 87% of millennials consider development opportunities crucial when choosing a job (Source: Gallup, 2023 Millennials Report).
The Future is Skills-Rich
In a world where skills shortages are a thing of the past, businesses can fully tap into the potential of their teams, fostering a culture of innovation and growth. This isn’t a far-off dream but a future we can reach through effective learning ecosystems.
At Learning Uncut, we’re committed to shaping this future. We have implemented our approach and systems for a number of organisations across the financial services, hospitality, and insurance industries.
If you’re interested in learning more about our approach to skills development or how we can help your organisation, we’d love to hear from you. Let’s work together to bridge the skills gap, develop the talent that your organisation needs and create a culture of continuous learning, and pave the way to a skills-rich future.
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