L&D needs to keep up with technology: survey

by L&D12 May 2016
The ever-changing world of work is increasingly requiring  tech-savvy L&D staff, according to new research.

Despite 85% of L&D leaders saying they want to improve business performance, 50% of leaders believe that L&D staff lack the necessary technical expertise for the digitalised future of work.

Moreover, just 23% of L&D leaders believe their teams have the correct skills to exploit technology for business advantage.

The joint report was completed by the global research and benchmarking organisation Towards Maturity and the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the UK.

The survey involved more than 600 learning leaders, 1,800 learners and 170 L&D professionals and members of the CIPD’s Leaders in Learning Network.

The research also found that only 38% of organisations have seen an increase in their training budget over the last two years.

Thirty-six per cent of organisations predict further increases in the next two years, while the same number have seen an increase in their training team in the last two years.

While the majority (61%) of L&D leaders said L&D activity is aligned to the strategic goals of the business, 54% said their role is shifting towards performance consultancy.
Andy Lancaster, head of learning and development content at the CIPD, said that L&D professionals can potentially become “influencers and challengers in the organisation”.

“The world of work is changing and organisations are increasingly looking for more modern approaches to learning that support the fast-moving world of work and the needs of an increasingly digital workforce,” Lancaster was quoted as saying by CIPD.

“The expectation on the L&D function is therefore high, and L&D professionals need to ensure that they are as agile as the organisations they operate in.”

Bridget Beattie, Executive Vice President Asia Pacific Middle East at Right Management, recently told L&D Professional that the best driver of agility is having a learning organisation.

“That goes to how you recruit people, how you develop them, how you manage them and how you engage them,” Beattie said.

“Just the fact that you are going to recruit people for whom agility is their middle name is going to make a huge difference - their learnability has got to be high.”

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