The trend towards recruiting for potential and learning ability, rather than just current skills, has led to greater demands on learning management programs within global organizations.
A continuous learning environment is one of the main job attractions cited by today’s Millennial recruits. According to a survey from Millennial Branding and Monster.com, one-third of them rank training and development opportunities as a prospective employer’s top benefit.
On the other side of the desk, according to the latest annual PwC CEO study, 81% of CEOs say that their business always looks to equip employees with new skills.
Caught in the middle are the 85% of HR Managers who, according to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2015 study, say learning is an “important” or “very important” problem, with the topic jumping from the No. 8 to the No. 3 most important talent challenge they face.
A New Era for Learning Management
In the industrial economy, most candidates were recruited for a job based on their existing skills and learning was often limited to an annual refresher, or an update on best practices.
In the connected economy, employees need to be continually expanding their individual and collective skills sets, to drive innovation in their current area of expertise and prepare themselves for different work challenges.
Blended Learning Comes of Age
This demand for increased training, coupled with advancements in technology, has led to a step-change in on-the-job learning. Experts have recognized both the limitations of a purely classroom-orientated approach, and the issues associated with isolated online learning.
A blended learning approach, combining formal, informal, and on-the-job training has been shown to increase engagement, reduce disruption in the workplace, and deliver immediate business improvements.
Learning English on the Job
Progressive global organizations have also realized that while English has become the language of business, their international employees do not all have to become English scholars. They just need to be able to do their jobs in English.
By marrying this idea with the proven approach of blended learning, PEBS is working with businesses to develop tailored Business English learning. Programs are focused around job-specific vocabularies and development of the communication skills employees need in their day-to-day business activities.
By learning as they work employees can quickly develop the Business English skills they need to do their jobs, with immediate productivity improvements.
ONE is our digital platform that gives every employee the opportunity to participate in company-wide activities, while simultaneously improving their Business English skills.
High quality content from our partners at the Financial Times provides engaging materials to help employees develop a broad range of business skills, while online tools such as email templates and cultural briefings can immediately improve their own content development.
ONE Professional is a new offering which supplements the features of ONE Standard with the services of a dedicated personal advisor to provide online guidance, motivate participation, and deliver individual feedback to business skills practice and writing assignments.
The Six Pillars of Talent Management
Learn more about the changing nature of global recruitment in our new White Paper – The New Language of Talent Management – which highlights the concerns of global CEOs, shares the success stories of industry disruptors, and outlines how the traditional approach to talent management needs to change in six core areas.
Nicole R Brown
Vice President, Go-To-Market and Operations
Pearson English Business Solutions