Employers require competent, skilled employees

We often get into discussion about what employers want when it comes to training their employees. Is it CPD accredited training? Or is it proven competency in job skills?

The professional industries sector has a need to prove their competency with technical CPD training to ensure they are always on top of their game, and mere mortals who engage with their services are dependent on them being just that, on top of their game and in a position to demonstrate their technical skills when called to action. Whether those skills need to be acquired in a face to face instructor led environment or if e-learning is gaining traction to deliver is a debate for another day.

Other industry sectors lean more towards having employees that are able to demonstrate competency with skills that can get the job done. The certification is less important than the competency to do a good job. We read recently that Rolls Royce spend £40m on training each year for their employees, yet only £2m of that is spent on certified training. So many businesses fail to recognise and harness the immense amounts of subject matter expertise that is held in their employees. The 70-20-10 model extends outside of traditional training methods to acknowledge the learning that is done in the workplace, and embrace social and collaborative learning.

The 70-20-10 model recognises that 70% of job competency is gained in the workplace, learning from experience, 20% is gained from mentors and coaches in the workplace and 10% is gained from training courses. Experienced, competent employees are the greatest asset within any business. Learning Light has engaged with Vado a leading US supplier of e-learning courses that support businesses that adopt the 70-20-10 model to leverage that valuable expertise sitting in their organisation. The e-learning courses comprise of a short video and downloadable documents that task the learner to develop their practical skills in the workplace. The 5 modules on Project Management Competencies contain learning content to learn and practice 15 of the most common competencies.