The nature of work and demand for skills in the future is changing. Companies are facing a global skills challenge due to talent shortages. Automation is changing the way we work. People don't stay at the same company for decades anymore. Seasonal and temporary workers is the new normal. Corporate learning systems and methods need to change.
What should companies do in response to this challenge? As stated in the 2018 Accenture report on modern skills acquisition "It's learning. Just not as we know it", growth-minded leaders should invest in people's skills development, bottom-up knowledge sharing, and experiential learning. This is a socially responsible and cost-effective way to solve the global skills challenge.
Here's a short summary of the three practical steps to solve the skills challenge in manufacturing with experiential learning and digital on-the-job instructions.
1. Speed up experiential learning.
- Empower learning through immersive hands-on participation, rather than absorbing knowledge by listening or reading.
- Embed experiential learning into everyday work on-the-job training tools.
2. Shift focus from institutions to individuals.
- Stimulate your people to expand their skills sets.
- Enable bottom-up knowledge sharing.
- Capture tribal knowledge from the older workforce.
3. Empower vulnerable learners.
- Assess which workers are most exposed to automation and identify how their talents can be re-deployed.
- Support older and lower-educated workers.
- Democratize knowledge capture and sharing.
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