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Staying ahead of the skills gap

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We live in an ever-changing world, one in which we are constantly confronted with new and disruptive technologies. And these are putting increasing pressure on the workforce to stay relevant and up-to-date. Those who refuse to keep up are in danger of losing their competitive advantage in the job market.

However, it’s not just individuals who have to think about investing in their skills – companies must do the same. Right now, the UK and other countries are facing a skills crisis. In 2014, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills published a report which found that the qualification level of 36% of adults was at intermediate (upper secondary) level ranking the UK at 25 out of 32 OECD countries. Predictions were that by 2020 the UK would rank 28th. Businesses therefore need to invest in upskilling their existing staff and offer training opportunities for future staff and make sure that this policy is communicated on all levels.

One thing is clear: If an organization has nothing to show on its learning and development portfolio then chances are that they are losing out on talent. This already starts with the hiring process. If you are conducting a job interview these days candidates will probably ask about what development opportunities your company provides. Because being able to learn new skills is becoming increasingly important when considering a new job. Working towards certifications and qualifications brings value to professionals. It enables them to gain knowledge, expertise, credibility and above all skills that can be applied every day in the workplace. In addition, having a professional development plan is proof that their career is important to them and they have a long-term plan for growth.

Professional development can be varied – online learning platforms, webinars and workshops, paid training courses or subsidized qualifications. The demand for recognized certifications will probably increase and companies should consider what kind of development offering will be beneficial not just for them but also for their staff.

At AXELOS we want to know more about skills gaps faced by employees and organizations, preferred ways of learning, and key drivers for choosing certification and non-certification courses, which is why we are conducting our first AXELOS Insight Survey.

We invite L&D leaders and decision-makers, professional certification holders as well as those who recently undertook non-certification courses to participate. Subject areas covered include Agile, DevOps, Cyber security, Data Analytics, Blockchain, IT service management, Project and Programme Management.

The survey is open until 6 September 2018 and available in English, German, Polish and Japanese.

Your feedback is important to us. Thank you in advance for participating!

Take the survey now >

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