According to the TAFE Enterprise Skills and Australian Business Report 2018, about 35% of skills required for jobs in all industries are expected to change in the next few years.
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This may seem like a lot, but the key is to keep your employees up to date, which in turn keeps your workplace functioning at a high level no matter what these changes bring. How do you manage this? By mastering these three steps.
1. Investing in your team
Let’s be honest, the only thing that can really keep your staff in pace with a changing workplace is to actually train them to keep their skills current. Without a long term workforce training plan you simply can’t keep up.
Of the 409 Australian businesses surveyed for the report, 73% of businesses blamed a lack of training for their high turnover of staff, and a full 80% agreed they should be investing in more staff training.
This points to why organisations need a long-term workforce training plan. It’s the only way to address skills gaps, skills shortages and emerging trends as they happen.
2. Soft skills
When we asked Australian CEOs which main skills they recruited for to build a strong workforce, the answer was overwhelmingly focused on soft skills.
This includes skills like leadership, adaptability and problem-solving that go hand in hand with technical skills.
“Business leaders need to look beyond hard skills if they want to remain competitive in the future of work,” said Arturo Arrarte, head of growth at Slack APAC, the internal company communication tool.
Soft skills might be harder to measure, but they can certainly be improved and fostered with the right training.
Look for courses, like those at TAFE Enterprise, that specifically delve into leadership skills and emotional intelligence.
3. A trusted training provider
It’s clear that training your staff is essential for not only keeping your employees future ready but also for retaining them. So why would you want them trained by anyone who wasn’t already successful in their field with real-world experience?
Long-term workforce training plans take time, effort and experience to implement effectively. Partnering with a trusted training provider is essential to ensure your goals are met.
TAFE Enterprise has plenty of short courses and customised training programs that are tailored to align with your key business priorities that are taught by industry experts, giving your staff the training and development they need without putting more responsibility on time-poor managers.