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With more companies investing in learning and development (L&D) for their workforce, it’s good to know 71% of APAC employees themselves see those opportunities as a means to develop skills and knowledge.
Based on Skillsoft’s Learning and Development Trends in Asia Pacific report, 70% of respondents from 12 countries including Australia, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam would like more access to L&D programmes.
Therefore, organisations have to look into ways of delivering L&D programmes to employees, and one trend they should keep an eye on is technology.
According to the report, 82% preferred to or sometimes prefer to access learning materials on a mobile platform such as tablets or smartphones.
However, only 44% of APAC organisations at the moment offer learning programmes on a mobile device, citing cost as one of the biggest barriers in providing mobile learning.
Aside from proving learning opportunities on the go, organisations can also offer smaller “bite-sized resources” for busy employees.
This change could make a huge difference in learning engagement, as the report found while 80% of employees value learning, 46% said they were under pressure to find the time to tap on L&D programmes.
Organisations should also offer tailored L&D programmes; 15% of respondents said one of their biggest learning challenges was low applicability to their work, and 7% said it was the limited selection of courses.
“This lack of diversity in the range of learning programmes translates to L&D programmes that are either not specific to their role or function at work, or offerings that are not available at the right subject or skill level,” the report said.
Less than a month to Learning & Development Asia. Speakers from Axiata, BHP Billiton Shared Services, Fave, HRDF, Samsung confirmed to speak with more than 120 attendees.
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