If you can’t teach them, let them teach themselves

New study suggests firms should look to mobile, informal training to educate the next generation of workers

If you can’t teach them, let them teach themselves
According to a new Deloitte study, 80% or more of corporate learning occurs through informal approaches. But only one in five organisations spends even 10% of its learning and development budget on informal learning methods.

These methods include coaching, mentoring, communities of practice, use of expert directories, and even social networking. Many HR solutions firms now offer crash courses on how to “formalise” these informal methods within organisations. But as with most emerging markets, there’s an app for that.

“The rise of the millennial workforce, changing demographics, and advancements in technology has increased the impetus for HR and L&D professionals to give way to informal methods of delivering learning and make it available when and where employees want it,” said Dayne Nash, Chief Product Officer at PageUp.

PageUp is a multinational talent management software provider that just last week launched a new mobile app for learning in the workplace. The app, Everyday Learning, is set to shake up traditional L&D programmes by putting education in the hands of the workers, allowing them to drive their own learning, anywhere, anytime.

With employees clamouring for opportunities to gain new skills, these services respond to changes in the way people are consuming content in the digital age by enabling employees to easily capture bite-sized and on-demand content from the web and share it with their peers.

According to PageUp, their app allows employees to seamlessly access information on any device, store it, and selectively share it with peers across the organisation. Articles and modules shared through the app are all visible to managers, giving them a more complete picture of the learning consumed by their team.

“We’re currently experiencing a revolution in learning that’s long overdue,” Nash said. “The rapid pace of change in the workforce is calling for continual learning, unlearning and relearning of skills. Relying purely on formal training sessions and standardised course-based learning is no longer enough.”

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