by Cornerstone OnDemand
13 Feb 2020
Addressing the skills gap in manufacturing: bridging the skills gap
The acceleration of technological innovation that characterizes I4 is outpacing the ability of employees to adopt the new technologies and ways of working.
Indeed, in a recent survey, 70 percent of CEOs didn’t believe their organization had the skills to adapt to I4. The same report also found that professionals in manufacturing now need to redevelop their skills every 12 to 18 months.
Learning is the key to closing the gap between technology and adaptability. However, your employees are probably not spending enough time learning. On average, employees spend just 26 hours annually on training.
When you consider that the average 15-year-old Benelux school student spends just as much time on their homework in one month, it’s no wonder the skills gap is widening at an alarming rate.
As such, building a strategy around ongoing development should be a business priority. A comprehensive learning solution that provides personalized learning, media-rich online content, and social collaboration is fundamental to building a culture of continual learning. “Encourage it openly and often; build it into the work time,” advises Bollinger.
And here’s the thing: your employees want to learn. According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Learning Report, 94 percent of employees said they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development.
Which brings us to our next point: learning should never feel like a chore. Providing a personalized, modern learning experience is a huge factor in encouraging your people to adopt your training programs and develop their skills.
For example, de Lestrange gives the example of online courses9 specifically designed by Cornerstone for digital natives to help bolster their interpersonal skills.“It gives them very short tips and tricks in the workforce,” says de Lestrange.
“For example, what’s the best way to reach your manager? Depending on the topic, is it better to send a note, an email, a text message, or to simply pop your head through their door? If you haven’t worked in an office environment before you might not know.”
Find out more about how Cornerstone can address the skills shortage in your organization. Watch for future chapters in our ongoing series on manufacturing.