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Planting the seeds of knowledge: Top 10 L&D stories of 2019



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In this special edition of the bulletin, we present to you some food-for-thought as you plan for your firm’s L&D strategy for 2020.

Through each of our top learning & development articles of 2019, take inspiration from leaders who are building ‘world-class talent’, and keep posted on the top five skills needed for today and the future.


1. The most in-demand skills of the future – and how to teach them

With an increased focus on upskilling in recent years, Jerene Ang speaks to HR leaders from across Asia to analyse how they are teaching the competencies in the highest demand and, in the process, overcoming various learning challenges.

Companies featured: Digi Telecommunications, HSBC Singapore, Mah Sing Group, MKH, RHB Banking Group, The Continent Hotel, Bangkok, by Compass Hospitality, VFS Global

[Read the full story here]


2. Ranking: Top 20 universities in Asia

Among the Asian universities in the ranking, Universiti Malaya (UM) came in 18th (70th globally), moving up two places from 22nd (87th globally) in the 2019 rankings.

Further, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore moved up one position to be tied with National University of Singapore (NUS) – 1st in Asia, 11th globally.

[Read the full story here]


3. OCBC Bank co-designs programme to groom 200 data scientists and analysts

In July this year, OCBC Bank, in collaboration with Ngee Ann Polytechnic, created a Data Certification Pathway as part of a structured approach to groom more data scientists and analysts.

The bank’s employees can sign up for the courses at its learning and development unit, OCBC Campus. OCBC Bank aims to train 200 more data scientists and analysts over the next three years through the pathway, doubling the number of data scientists and analysts it has now.

[Read the full story here]


4. Case study: How Shopee has trained over 450 leaders across the region for a learning culture

Lim Teck Yong, Shopee’s Head of Regional Operations and People Team, speaks to Priya Sunil on the online marketplace’s competency-based, systematic and holistic approach towards leadership development for both new and experienced leaders.

[Read the full story here]


5. The five key skills professionals need to thrive now and in the future

At OCBC’s Future Smart, Future Workforce learning festival earlier this year, Dr. Jaclyn Lee, Chief Human Resources Officer of Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), shared the five key skills everyone needs in order to prepare for the onslaught of change brought about by digital transformation.

[Read the full story here]


6. Treading uncharted territory: Tools for today’s L&D practitioners

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” gasped Dorothy in the iconic movie, The Wizard of Oz. The same is true for HR and L&D experts who, faced with an ever-changing business terrain, are unearthing new ways to engage, reskill and upskill employees. Aditi Sharma Kalra reports.

Companies featured: DBS Bank, Essence, McCann Worldgroup Singapore, MoEngage, Societe Generale Asia Pacific, Vinda Group

[Read the full story here]


7. Faces of HR: How Anjali Menon is delivering high-impact training initiatives at Nestlé

Anjali Menon, Head of Talent Centre of Competence – Asia Pacific, Nestlé, shares several best practices in delivering high-impact training initiatives including adopting a learner-centric approach, which focuses on experiential learning, through board games, cohort learning, and more.

[Read the full story here]


8. Recipe for success: Cooking up tomorrow’s leaders

Priya Sunil explores how HR leaders across industries are incorporating targeted approaches such as mentoring, coaching and cross-collaboration projects to develop the leadership capabilities of their future leaders.

Companies featured: Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Selangor Dredging Berhad, T-Systems Malaysia, Conspec Builders, Shopee, Ingram Micro Asia

[Read the full story here]


9. Professional development: The most and least popular programmes for employees

As we wrap up for 2019 and plan ahead for 2020, you may be looking to review your L&D policies to better align with your employees’ wants and needs, as well as your organisational goals.

If you are currently reviewing your learning strategy, knowing what employees truly seek would give you the best head start. In line with that, a PayScale report released in July revealed the most popular types of professional development that employees today would be interested in – including management/leadership training, professional certifications, and more.

[Read the full story here]


10. Case study: How Ingram Micro Asia is making ‘world-class talent’ a reality

Amanda Chua, Ingram Micro Asia’s HR Director, ASEAN & HK, tells Priya Sunil about the HR team’s two-fold approach to developing mid-level managers, its mentoring programmes, and more.

[Read the full story here]


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