In-Focus: Building Workforce Competency (2015)

Apr 8, 2015 | In-Focus Reports

This In-Focus report, in conjunction with eCom Scotland, shares practical tips and checklists for building competency in your organisation. Download the report for free at the bottom of this page.

The desire to reduce time to competence is driving investment in learning technologies for over 9 out of 10 organisations. However, only 25% of them are actually realising this benefit. In this In-Focus report, we look at the factors that can help accelerate individual and workforce competency, identifying practical tips for building competency by learning from those that are the most successful in achieving their goals.

The Latest Data on Workforce Competency

This In-Focus report draws on our 2014 Benchmark data from over 600 L&D leaders, together with insights from over 5,000 learners gathered in the Towards Maturity Learning Landscape study during 2014.

We dig deeper into the data to help senior leaders in the business, in HR and in L&D build business competency.

By looking at the behaviour of the top learning organisations from the Towards Maturity Benchmark Study, we identify a number of practical ideas to help L&D professionals understand how to reduce the time to competency for their workforce (top learning organisations are those in the top quartile for the Towards Maturity Index the unique score that participants use to measure successful implementation of a modernised learning strategy). We also look at the benefits across business, staff and L&D efficiency that can be expected as a result of the implementation of competency management systems. Further examples of case studies and hints and tips are provided by our Ambassador eCom Scotland and the 2014 benchmark participants.

What does the report contain?

  • An explanation of competency and its importance today
  • Insights on how successful organisations are building competency
  • Learner insights on competency
  • Tips for building competency through frameworks
  • Wisdom from benchmark participants
  • Checklists to help you build your strategy further

Some key facts from this report:

In top learning organisations:

  • 71% ensure that their people understand how their work is linked to the organisation’s performance (46% sample average)
  • Only 36% know how long it takes for learners to become competent in their job roles (21% average)
  • 73% can access learning directly relevant to their job (47% average)
38% of organisations currently use a competency management system. Those that are significantly more likely to be using competency management systems include:
  • 53% of those with an academy model for learning
  • 52% of top learning organisations
  • 66% of those in the private sector

Those with a competency management system are more likely to:

  • Provide learning initiatives that support the skills the business needs (70% vs. 58% of those that do not use a CMS)
  • Integrate performance management into the learning organisation (55% vs. 31%)

In top learning organisations:

  • 62% use skills diagnostic tools (45% average)
  • 26% use electronic diagnostic tools to help tailor learning to individual needs (10%)

Data for this report is drawn from:

This In-Focus Report is free to download thanks to the support of Towards Maturity’s Ambassador, eCom Scotland.

This report is sponsored by eCom Scotland. By downloading this report, you confirm that you’re happy for your details to be passed to the report sponsor, for the purposes of receiving information on relevant products and services. If you do not wish for your details to be passed on, simply contact us for a copy of the PDF.

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About the Benchmark

The Towards Maturity Benchmark Study is an internationally recognised longitudinal study on the effective implementation of learning innovation based on the input of 5,800+ participants and 41,000 learners gathered since 2003. Towards Maturity continuously surveys and studies how people learn at work and the impact this has on organisational performance. By turning data into insights and insights into action, this research is used to help L&D leaders assess and improve the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of their learning provision.

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  • Case Studies
  • Free Resources

This report is sponsored by eCom Scotland. By downloading this report, you confirm that you’re happy for your details to be passed to the report sponsor, for the purposes of receiving information on relevant products and services. If you do not wish for your details to be passed on, simply contact us for a copy of the PDF.

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