Are you currently putting in place your training strategy for next year? MD, Kevin Fox rounds up the training trends that you can expect to see in 2017.
With autumn well and truly upon us in the northern hemisphere and spring on it’s way in the south, many of us are now fully into getting our training plans into place so that we can support our teams around the world in delivering next year’s business objectives. In order to make sure your plans reflect the very latest thinking in the world of people development, here are the top trends to take note of:
- The advent of bitesize learning
It’s been around for a while, but next year will see the explosion of bitesize or ‘chunked’ learning on a scale we haven’t seen before. A great way of leveraging today’s rapid consumption of information, where attention spans are short, in the future training will become more modular, better suiting the fast-paced world we now live in.
- Access to global expertise
Technology is changing the way that training is delivered and I don’t just mean the introduction of e-learning (which so far has very much be focused on simple, functional training). The really interesting thing about technological advances is the way it is enabling us to share internationally the very best, in terms of thinking, strategy and expertise. Trainers are now able to work virtually with individuals and teams from almost anywhere in the world without ever leaving their desks and 2017 will see continued growth in professionals receiving first class training, coaching and guidance from trainers they have never met face to face
- The decline of generalised training
We all now work in a global market place, and the competition we face is tougher than ever before. In the world of people development, when it comes to maximising performance it will no longer be good enough for businesses to trawl out off the shelf training. From now on, the market will dictate that businesses need to personalise the product and the services that they offer and this can only be done by creating teams of internal specialists across every function who are trained specifically in the culture, values, quality standards and ways of working of the business that they represent. In the future, as a training provider we will increasingly be working as partners to collaborate with our customers to create multi-phase, tailored development initiatives.