Discussion by David Wentworth and Becky Willis focuses on broader topics than L&D. However, the upskilling project that I am working on for a business unit focuses on this need to get the workforce to the next level…transform them…upskill them. The statistics are mostly from Brandon Hall and World Economic Forum. It asks if you fear the digital transformation or welcome it. (Guess which I am?)
The main premise is finding the right workers with the right skills at the right time is becoming harder for employers and that impact is slowing growth in the economy. It also introduces the edcast certificates to close skill gaps. It becomes a bit of a sales pitch but it is still a helpful webinar.
I thought it was interesting that Pew Research finds that colleges are introducing new credentials and adjusting learning with “micro-masters.” Of course, this is where edcast comes in too! They have open source certifications.
In a broader sense, the speakers share the people skills and communication skills are becoming scarcer in the workplace. The ability to convey a thought, plan, or message to the team–regardless of your level on the team–is critical in the future. World Economic Forum is cited for this factoid along with this nugget: 35% of skills will change within 5 years, as opposed to the previous 20 year change period.
Specific to L&D, the message was again about curating, putting influencers and SMEs in the creation seat, and let L&D team help blend the content to make it consumable. #informationoverload They make the case of UX designers, HTML5 programmers, web designers, game designers, and AGILE designers to join the L&D team.
My plans based on takeaways:
- Take UX courses on LinkedIn Learning
- Encourage my team to take UX and AGILE courses
- Consider someone getting a UX certification
- Work with leaders of the workforce that needs upskilling to make sure the processes are efficient and accurate before digital transformation
- Include communication, people skills, and critical thinking skills in the upskilling
- Check out edcast
Side note: I have a PhD and I totally want to get a master’s in change management or a cert in UX.