Pitching up at our desks day after day it is
easy to miss the changes in our working lives.
You don't have to have spent many years in
the workplace to be able to look back and see
how working practices, tools and business
models have changed out of all recognition.
As indeed have the expectations of clients
and even fellow workers.
The future of work holds promises which only
a few years ago would have graced science
fiction rather than commercial reality. The rest
of the organisation are holding serious
conversations about robotic process
automation (RPA), artificial intelligence (AI)
and big data. Put simply, learning and
development needs to join in that chat.
And if you are pretty sure you colleagues in
other areas aren't talking about these key
emerging topics then it's probably time to find
a new employer. In every sector competitive
advantage is to be found in exploiting these
rapidly emerging technologies. Ignoring the
trends is simply not an option.
Yet as the Open University, along with others
who have undertaken similar research have
found, most sectors of the economy are
facing massive skill shortages in the very
talents and competencies that offer the most
promise in ensuring fulfilling and sustainable
careers and promoting successful enterprises
and a thriving wider economy,
The talent required cannot be insourced in
sufficient quantity from elsewhere such as
other businesses, sectors or markets. And so
if every employee needs these competencies
the only way that they are going to have the
talent they need is by growing their own.
And the only way that they will do that in a
timely fashion is through deploying learning
technologies. This challenge cannot be met in
isolation. L&D needs to work together as a
profession to set out a visionary plan to
develop the digital skills the 21st century
Find us on social media