Press: Towards Maturity Data Reveals a Growing Skills Crisis in L&D
Early findings from the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Study show that lack of skills is holding back L&D teams.
Three in 5 L&D leaders say that they are failing to achieve their aspirations because of lack of skills in the L&D team. However, only half are investing in continuing professional development for their team members – a number that so far hasn’t shifted from last year.
The findings show that skills remain the top barrier to change for L&D departments. This is despite the fact that more than 90% of L&D leaders want:
- To provide more flexibility and access to learning
- To improve induction processes
- To improve application of learning back at work
- To improve sharing of good practice
- To improve effectiveness of face to face training
However only a third are achieving their goals. Whilst lack of skills in L&D is a primary barrier to change, others include perceived reluctance from line managers (62%) and reluctance from learners (47%).
Commenting on the early findings, Laura Overton, Managing Director of Towards Maturity said, “These early results from this year’s study show the scale of the challenge L&D leaders face when it comes to transforming their learning strategies. They want significant change but their teams lack the skills required to make this a reality. Learning departments will need to tackle this skills crisis as a matter of urgency.”
Earlier this year a Towards Maturity/CIPD report on L&D skills, L&D: Evolving Roles, Enhancing Skills, identified a range of new skills for a modern L&D team. L&D leaders were planning to build skills in the following areas:
- Social and collaborative learning
- Online training and delivery
- Coaching and mentoring
- Content delivery
- Technology and infrastructure
- Data analytics
- Performance consulting
The report revealed that top performing learning teams are twice as likely to have these skills already within their teams today. However, the top performing learning teams were not only changing how they approach learning, they were also more likely to have started to bring the skills they need into the team. Yet early findings from this year’s benchmark show that less than 50% of organisations are investing in continuing professional development and one in 10 still doesn’t know how their teams are building their skills.
Laura Overton added: “Whilst it is critical for L&D teams to have the the right skills to do the job, is also important to step back and take a new look at what you want to achieve with your team in the year ahead so that you can build the right skills for the right tasks. The Towards Maturity Benchmark allows organisations to compare their current L&D goals and tactics against a framework established by top performing teams in order to identify the priority areas for the year ahead.”
L&D professionals around the globe are able to benchmark their L&D strategy confidentially, for free until 14th August at: www.towardsmaturity.org/benchmark. All participants will receive their Personalised Benchmark Report™ in September once all responses have been collated and analysed.
The free global Benchmark programme was established in 2003 and has been continually refined through the input of over 4,000 participants and the expert opinions of independent supporters. Free participation each year is made possible thanks to the support of Towards Maturity’s Ambassadors, who share a common belief that free, independent evidence should be available to all.
About the Towards Maturity Benchmark Study™
The Towards Maturity Benchmark Study™ is an internationally recognised longitudinal study on the effective implementation of learning innovation. The research continuously surveys and studies how people learn at work, using this data to help L&D professionals assess and improve the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of their learning provision. To date over 4,000 organisations and 18,000 learners have helped shape the Benchmark, which now reaches over 44 countries across the globe.
About Towards Maturity
Towards Maturity is a benchmarking research company that provides independent expert advice and support to help organisations use learning technologies to accelerate business performance. It leverages the data of its in-depth Benchmark Study, the largest learning technology benchmark in Europe. Since 2003, over 4,000 organisations and 18,000 learners have contributed to Towards Maturity’s leading benchmarks.
Thanks to the support of Towards Maturity’s Ambassadors, annual benchmarking findings, case studies and resources are available to download for free at www.towardsmaturity.org.
The Towards Maturity Ambassador Programme is made up of leading learning organisations. They work together as Ambassadors for change, identifying and improving good practice, raising awareness and driving the whole learning industry forward.
The Towards Maturity’s Ambassador Programme includes strategic partner CIPD, the founding Ambassadors: Brightwave, Learning Technologies, LEO, Successfactors, The Corporate eLearning Consortium and The Charity Learning Consortium, plus Acteon, City and Guilds: Kineo, Docebo, DPG plc, eCom Scotland, GoodPractice, Kallidus, KPMG, Kydon, Lumesse, Raytheon Professional Services, Redware, Reed Learning, Saba Software, Skillsoft, Speexx and Sponge UK.
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Towards Maturity Learning Health Check provides an ideal starting point for organisations wanting to improve their development, by giving clear evidence and comparisons with high-performing learning cultures. To get a real idea of how the Health Check has a proven business impact, we spoke with Robin Lilly, Capabilities and Leadership Development Director of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, to hear his experiences.
Evidence is vital to backing up a case for change and even more powerful when internal data is being compared against high-performing learning organisations.