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communities in more depth in the main report but, in the meantime, it looks like the e-learning course is still here to stay!


What is holding us back?


As part of the benchmarking process, we ask users about how engaged managers and employees are in learning. Just under two thirds (63 per cent) believe that a lack of skills among employees to manage their own learning is holding their strategy back. Tis is slightly down from 2014 when 68 per cent claimed it was a barrier but remains at the same level as 2010! It is also currently the number one barrier to change. However, when L&D lead- ers claim that a lack of skill, albeit their employees’, their staff or their own team, is a barrier to them implement- ing their own vision, it begs just one question – why? Surely, building skill is our core raison d’être – let’s work out a way to be part of our own solution.


Learning from each other


Tese figures tell a story that we already know: L&D has to change and it is not changing fast enough. However, we are all on a journey. We take heart from the fact that record numbers have already benchmarked this year – individuals who want to identify practical actions that help them get one step ahead. We’ve been providing benchmarking services since 2003, so we are well tuned in to the L&D profession and we think the appetite for change is strong and growing. How does benchmarking help L&D make the necessary changes? Te process of benchmarking clarifies where change is required, where challenges and obstacles lie and what activities and behavioural changes could resolve those challenges and obstacles. It’s time to learn from each other. It’s time to turn our vision into a reality. It’s time to make it happen! Te 2016-17 Industry Benchmark


Report will be available in early November. In the meantime, keep in touch with early trends as they appear at: www.towardsmaturity. org/2016benchmark


Laura Overton is the founder and CEO of Towards Maturity. Follow her @lauraoverton


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