With record low unemployment rates of 4% in the UK, its lowest level since the 1970s, businesses are struggling to recruit workers, as there are not enough people with right skills available - impacting business performance and productivity. According to research by The Open University, 94% of businesses surveyed are struggling to find workers with the right skills, and actually, think that the skills gap is getting worse.
Fierce competition is making it increasingly difficult to find the talent with the skills and expertise that will drive business success. For organisations and business leaders, it is imperative to examine, understand, develop, and implement a variety of solutions to support 21st-century careers. By focusing on experiences, new career models, data-driven tools, and L&D offerings, companies will be able to develop, retain, and reinvent the right talent at the right time.
As career models change to one where employees need to continuously reskill, gain new experiences, and reinvent themselves at work, how does L&D overcome the disconnect between developing the right skills for today’s career paths?
Apprenticeship schemes when aligned to business goals and objectives can bridge the skills gaps and have a positive impact on the apprentices. As apprenticeships become more popular, people are taking part in schemes as a way of gaining new skills and changing their career paths. How can you leverage apprenticeships to overcome skills shortages in your company?
Learner engagement is one of the holy grails of L&D teams battling with attention deficit and information overload. If learners are not interested in what is being delivered, they will absorb little information and the effectiveness of the overall programme will be minimal if at all. How can we apply some fresh thinking within L&D if we want learners engaged and invigorated?
Adaptability is essential to thriving in today’s quick-changing uncertain environment. Employees expect employers to continually feed their minds and develop their skills. Creating a culture of learning requires continuous measurement, processes and overcoming objections while integrating the concept of learning into how your company operates. How can a learning culture transform your business and how do we make the transition?
Professor Adrian Furnham is one of the world's most productive psychologists and one of HR Magazine’s 20 Most Influential People in HR. Combining business with psychology, the professor is an expert on behavioural economics, covering topics such as the new economic mind, psychology of behaviour at work, and the psychology of money.
Professor of Psychology at University College London
As a Learning & OD strategist and expert analyst, Jane leads Towards Maturity’s dynamic strategic insight unit and analyst services portfolio. She is a leading influencer in the People industry and champions the voice of People Development professionals. Jane has led and transformed all areas of OD, Talent, Learning & Development.
Chief Insight Officer
Kathryn Porter is the director of youth strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Hilton. She focuses on promoting hospitality careers, providing opportunities to young people and developing a talent pipeline for the growth of the business across EMEA. Kathryn has Chaired the Hospitality Trailblazer, now the Hospitality Skills and Quality Board, since its inception in 2014, and lead the development of seven new government approved apprenticeship standards and assessment plans.
Director of Youth Strategy for EMEA
Steve has 25 years of leadership experience with a primary focus on operations, business development, project management, and transition; he is a subject matter expert in project management including implementation and adaptation of processes.
Director Business Development EMEA
Raytheon Professional Services
Ute Basler is Head of Learning Content Design and Development for Raytheon Professional Services, responsible for all aspects of content production including needs analysis, curriculum design, development, digitalization as well as localization.
Head of Learning Content Design and Development
Raytheon Professional Services
Ajay Jacob has a background in Instructional Design and close to 15 years of experience in learning design, delivery and innovation for large organisations. He has worked with companies in a wide range of sectors including publishing, online education, e-commerce, EdTech and consulting. Two areas he is particularly passionate about within L&D are learning technologies and learning culture.
Academy Content Manager, Arcadis
André Rampat launched CorporateLeaders in June 2008. The mission: to bring executives together to network, share insights, understand how the latest trends impact their business and how to overcome them with the latest technology, techniques and leadership practices. By getting the right balance between content, insights, networking and working with partners and sponsors, CorporateLeaders is able to host events and develop thought provoking content, reports, research, and campaigns that help executives overcome their challenges.
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9 September 2019
Agility is the key to success in today’s challenging business environment. We’ve all heard of companies that failed to respond to changing market conditions and lost out to more agile competitors.Read more
9 August 2019
With record low unemployment rates across Europe, businesses are struggling to recruit workers, as there are not enough people with right skills available – impacting business performance and productivity. Unemployment keeps falling across the European Union and now stands at 6.3%, compared to 7.1 last year.Read more
14 July 2019
Learners are still switching off because while everything else in their lives has changed, most learning – whether at school, college or in the workplace – is stuck in the past. So, it’s not surprising that workplace training often fails to develop the skills and know-how employees need to do their jobs more effectively.Read more