SA Organisations are not ready for Learning Development
According to the 2017 Human Capital Trend Report by auditing firm Deloitte that delves into the top human capital trends for South Africa, as well as globally, careers and learning shot to second place on the importance list. Deloitte’s research finds that globally, 83% of executives have identified learning and development (L&D) as vital. And, increasingly, more organisations are beginning to help employees with ‘always-on’ L&D to plug the critical skills gap that exists in various sectors, as well as to help employees grow and thrive in the workplace.
But what are South African employers doing to fast-track learning and development? The report indicates that only 28% of employers say they’re helping employees build skills, roughly 30% say they do not have a clear path within their organisation, and 16% say they use short-term assignments as part of career development. And, while 81% of the executives rated career and learning as important, only 58% describe their organisation as prepared, which rates the country ‘not ready’ when it comes to how employers manage careers and deliver learning and development.
To boost the country’s readiness score, employers need to become digitally savvy in the evolving digital world. According to the data, companies are moving to overhaul their career models and L&D infrastructure for the digital age.
Learning technology is changing rapidly. Traditional learning management systems are being complemented with and replaced by an array of new technologies for the content creation, delivery, video distribution and mobile use.
To boost the country’s readiness score, employers need to become digitally savvy in an evolving digital world.
Richard Rayne, CEO of iLearn – a leading South African learning solutions provider that offers a range of learnerships, short courses and digital learning solutions – describes the report’s results as refreshing. ‘We’re pleased that more employers have acknowledged that learning and development in the workplace is fundamental and key to growing any organisation. But there is more to be done,’ says Richard.
Because of the critical skills gap that exist in various industries, South African employers were encouraged to accelerate their staff development process and produce a culture of employees who are knowledgeable and informed.
Richard says learnerships produce capable and efficient employees, and more South African employers should encourage learning and development in the workplace to boost the level of skills in the organisation. A learnership is a vocational and educational training programme that links structured learning and work experience to obtain a registered qualification. It combines theory and workplace practice into a qualification registered with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
Empowering and developing employees through NQF- accredited learning programmes is one way of boosting the level of skills in an organisation. And it’s a two-pronged process – when employers upskills, organisations grow, and this will help take our country forward, which is exactly what we need’ Ricahrd insists.