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Utilizing eLearning to Close Skills Gaps in the Workplace

Digital technologies are making a tremendous impact on the global economy, demanding workers with extremely specialized and high-level skill sets. These technologies are changing so rapidly that colleges, universities and other traditional education systems can no longer keep up with the demand for such highly qualified staff. The difference between the skills employers need and those offered by job seekers only seems to be growing.

As these gaps continue to grow, employers must be willing to look outside of academia for the solutions they need. eLearning, or using media such as the Internet to access training content, has the potential to transform workplace education. By providing more easily accessible and targeted training on a changing array of in-demand skills, e-learning might be just the solution your company needs.

The Problem

Rapid changes in technology require all kinds of skills, but those skills are also hard to measure and manage. All this makes it difficult to find and keep workers who can skillfully and strategically apply these new technologies. Without certified standard skills, employers find it difficult to choose between potential candidates and have trouble placing value on their respective experiences.

Workers, on the other hand, are more likely to invest in training for skills that are proven to garner more challenging and varied professional opportunities. Considering these factors, technology-dependent industries should hire based on education and other markers of proven learning ability so that workers can successfully learn on the job and bridge this nefarious skills gap.

Why eLearning?

One of the biggest reasons for the skills gap is the lack of support for employee learning and development. Employees often feel like there is lack of support from management when they are not provided with the training needed to do their job. Often an employee potential is untapped because they aren’t given adequate support and the tools they need to excel. In most of these cases, this lack of support for worker development is not due to a lack of employer interest, but, rather, by the rapidly changing skills demanded by constantly changing technologies. eLearning is now proving to be an affordable, convenient, effective, and flexible option for providing adequate professional training for optimal worker performance. Here are some of its benefits:

User-Friendly and Efficient

eLearning provides an efficient process for both developing and delivering training content. Its most obvious benefit is providing employees easier access to learning materials. eLearning also gives employees an opportunity to interact more fully with the material and with one another as they collaborate with colleagues and instructors to find solutions.

Additionally, LMS helps instructors to be true lead learners by assisting them with defining learning outcomes, creating and importing content and assigning tasks to learners.

Highly Flexible

Since eLearning can be delivered on several devices and platforms, it can be highly flexible, allowing employees the ability to train when and where it is convenient for them.

eLearning can help businesses keep up to date with the latest training to help close the skills gap. Moreover, the game-style interface is a refreshing change of pace that aids skill acquisition and retention by making learning flexible and fun.

Boosts Motivation

eLearning motivates employees because it provides the training needed for achievement and career advancement. Skill development and mastery breed intrinsic motivation. Since eLearning keeps employees engaged with the content and interacting with their colleagues, it avoids the boredom and drudgery many associate with traditional instructor-led training sessions.
Moreover, eLearning boosts motivation and reinforces skill development by increasing collaboration between workers and trainers as they share progress, thoughts, and accomplishments.

The workplace skills gap is a serious issue responsible for lost productivity and a reduced competitive edge. Traditional training alone may not be adequate for providing workers with the latest skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive world.

On the other hands, eLearning platforms give workers’ training options that propel them to continuously acquire, retain, and revise in-demand skills throughout their careers to narrow the skills gap. eLearning platforms also allow workers to learn new skills in collaboration with colleagues, allowing much easier transfer of skill sets to work situations.

Asentia LMS helps you give your employees the tools to succeed and excel in your organization with a comprehensive learning and development program delivered through a simply beautiful learning experience. Contact us today for a free demo.

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