TJ Newsflash: 22 May

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It’s the latest learning and development news, reports, research and company updates, all personally compiled by TJ’s Editor, Jo Cook

State of Learning Technologies 2024 survey report

  • 71% of companies now prioritise job-role-specific training, aligning skills directly with organisational goals.
  • A significant shift towards blended learning formats has been adopted by 62% of organisations, reflecting a dynamic approach to employee development.
  • Despite advancements, only 53% of respondents find their organisation’s training genuinely useful, pinpointing a critical gap in meeting employee needs.
  • Challenges such as usability of learning management systems (LMS) and managing learners across different languages are highlighted, affecting the effectiveness of global training initiatives.

The dynamic landscape of corporate training and development continues to evolve, driven by technological advancements and shifting organisational needs. The newly released State of Learning Technologies 2024 report by imc Learning, conducted independently by Research Without Barriers, offers a comprehensive analysis of these changes, providing valuable insights for industry professionals.

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Ineffective managers and L&D programs holding workers back

A new study of workers investigating the impact learning and development (L&D) has on individual career growth and workplace happiness. The findings reveal that workers feel ineffective managers and a lack of training and development are holding them back in their careers – with many thinking promotions are based on popularity, rather than skill.

The new report – From Skills to Success: L&D Insights for the Modern Workforce – details the findings of a survey of 4,500 workers, including 2,000 UK respondents, 2,000 US and 500 from Mexico. The research suggests that quality of L&D has a direct impact on employees’ sentiment towards their employer and their propensity to leave – particularly for younger workers.

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Three-quarters of enterprises now localising training content

Research from RWS suggests that learning and development (L&D) professionals are increasingly aware of the benefits of localising their training content, with almost three-quarters (73%) of global enterprises now translating content for employees.

Encouragingly, half (50%) expect to localise even more training content in the next 12 months, seeking to deliver more compelling learning experiences, higher rates of completion and improved job performance.

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eLearning Africa gears up for fiery annual debate on digital education

As the 17th edition of eLearning Africa, the renowned international conference on digital learning, training and skills development, approaches, all eyes turn to the highly anticipated annual plenary debate. Scheduled to take place on May 31st in Kigali, Rwanda, this year’s debate promises a stimulating clash of perspectives on the future of education in the digital age.

Themed “This House believes that the Traditional Education System will become Obsolete in the Digital Age,” the motion strikes at the heart of the transformative impact technology is exerting on traditional educational models. Over 1,000 African experts and practitioners in education and training are expected to converge for the annual eLearning Africa Conference & Exhibition.

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Report highlights complexity around confined space entry

MRS Training & Rescue, a leader in employee safety and training, which has a key base in Aberdeen, is urgently calling for changes and clarity around confined space training to save the lives of workers.

Approximately 15 people in the UK are killed while working in confined spaces, according to the most recent information shared by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) – with reasons ranging from asphyxiation and fires to explosions or becoming trapped.

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