The world of work is changing fast. New skills are in demand. Others are become automated out of existence.
In the UK at least, centrally directed programmes such as Apprenticeships have the potential to contribute but are generally behind the curve and focussed primarily on new entrants to the workforce.
A broad disconnect between the rapidly evolving demands of the labour market and the adult education sector is evident.
So how should smaller and medium-sized organisations in science or tech-driven sectors approach this challenge?
As a society baseline education remains the most important facet with working age adults with below degree level education facing the toughest challenge through greater disruption, poorer attitude to learning and lower awareness of recent evolutions in distance learning technologies such as massive online open courses (MOOCs).
The challenge for businesses and individuals alike is to optimise investment throughout the career path to create productive, innovative and experienced employees that continue to contribute to the success of the organisations they work with.
Melius provides our clients with accelerated reskilling pathways that address these issues. Our workforce development specialists work with our clients to design practical learning programmes that empower individuals to reskill and future proof their contribution.
Our experience shows that shorter learning modules that foster curiosity and creativity can have the greatest impact, build confidence in learning and empower participants to shape their own learning journey. Blending technology and face-to-face learning activities sits at the heart of these strategies. Technology on its own is not the answer.
The following components underpin Melius’ accelerated reskilling programmes:
- Recognising latent skills in your existing workforce
- Understand skills demand outside of job / role-based requirements
- Make learning activities easily accessible
- Create short activities that support continued learning
- Maximise opportunities for informal learning
- Focus attention on lower skilled and older workers
- Invest in high quality teaching staff for face-to-face delivery
- Partner with universities for high-level technical learning
- Look beyond the UK for innovative practice