Employers are ‘e-mature’ in the sense that they understand learning technologies, know how to access and apply them intelligently, and recognise the opportunities they bring to improve business effectiveness.
Employers are able to respond rapidly to challenges of global competition through tailored just in time learning solutions that impact productivity, innovation and speed to market.
No digital divide – technology enables large and small employers to influence and access tailored fit for purpose 24/7 learning solutions, directly linked to changing business needs, including through publicly-funded programmes like Apprenticeships and Train to Gain.
Employers use technology to address ongoing business skills needs through a mix of job support (70%), coaching (20%) and formal learning (10%) suited to a knowledge economy (where ability to access and use knowledge is more significant to performance than retention of information).
Employees and employers are skilled in accessing relevant electronic job support and digital resources (developed by extended community eg employers, SSCs, trade associations etc) that is universally available.
Technology platforms integrate skills delivery and talent management processes ( recruitment, retention, career progression and outplacement) to facilitate a mobile UK workforce
Technology delivers innovative, flexible and accessible learning for wide scale critical UK skills issues (eg basic skills), convenient and motivating to individual learners
Technology enables regulatory learning to be delivered quickly and responsively to dispersed audiences
Employers deliver more learning interventions with less resource.
Starting from 2009, where
Employers need to address skills gaps for their long term future but in the credit crunch will be tempted to cut back on training and development.
Over 75% of employers are planning to use learning technologies over the next 3 years ( CIPD 08) but not all do it well or achieve good business results
Over 60% of those employers already investing plan to increase their spending on e-learning (data collected during credit crunch effect)
A number of employers are using technology to address the needs of the knowledge economy and are moving to the 70:20:10 model above
56% of employers already investing in learning technologies today believe that the recession provides an opportunity for more e-learning.
Moving to a vision for the future ... We need to move from here Poor interoperability between learning & business systems Focus on classroom based learning Providers using technology in a limited and limiting way Technology being an add-on or short term ‘project’ Systems designed around the needs of the organisation Learners powering down when they go to college
To here Assessment & accreditation systems enabled by technology Providers and employers capable & confident in mature use of technology Technology supporting choice, demand and entitlement Technology tackling disadvantage so no one is left behind Technology powering ‘intelligent’ buildings and transforming learning spaces providing 24/7 learning for all High quality digital resources readily available