Reflections on ‘Mind the skills gap’ | L&D Cake Camp  11 August 2020)

Reflections on ‘Mind the skills gap’ | L&D Cake Camp 11 August 2020)

These reflections were live-blogged from CIPD Manchester’s Cake Camp event about the CIPD research on learning and skills at work.

We started with Lizzie Crowley (CIPD) sharing the results of the learning and skills at work survey. Learning was already vital for people, and the pandemic has made it even more important.

Learning is getting closer to the business, but many of the roles needed to deliver the shift are missing. Roles such as face-to-face trainer and facilitator dominate the roles, but newer roles (e.g. digital asset creator, community manager) are rarer in L&D at the moment.

Organisations are leveraging technology to support learning, but not enough. Some technologies (e.g. webinar) are becoming commonplace but technologies that can really boost engagement (e.g. AR, VR, games) are not yet in widespread use in L&D.

We can’t just take what we used to do face-to-face and ‘dump it into digital’; we need to truly digitise the learning experience, alongside helping to socialise and humanise the learning

We’re off into breakout rooms, posing some really interesting questions and having interesting discussions:

We then moved onto hear about a case study from Panasonic, shared by David Hayden (CIPD). We heard about how learning was one of an integrated set of interventions to drive the required business change, with lots of emphasis on understanding what is really going on. ‘Performance Consultants’ can play a valuable role in collecting learning to business impact. There is much that L&D can do to support performance, if done well.

David also shared a link to a really interesting video on learning impact:

The CIPD report and case studies are well worth reading for further insights:

CIPD Report: Learning and skills at work
CIPD case studies: Learning and skills at work

And there were some great take-aways/reflection shared at the end of the event:

Blog post author: Ian Pettigrew, Kingfisher Coaching