Digitisation has transformed roles, created new ones and left others obsolete. With the rise of technological innovation and the increasing requirement for organisations to keep abreast of change, the need to create a culture of learnability has become more important than ever to win the war on talent. The career paths employees can take and the learning opportunities offered by an employer are no longer just for the concern of L&D teams, recruitment needs to invest in this too if they’re to attract, retain and possess a workforce that are digitally astute, flexible and learned to adapt to the ever-changing world of work.
Learnability is becoming a key focus for recruitment
It’s forecast that by 2020 organisations across the globe will have four to five generations of employees working together. Each generation with differing backgrounds, experience, ambitions and even preferred ways of communicating will be under one roof. So how do you market a role to each demographic and how will you know if they have skills or character to fulfil your needs? This is where data and learnability work together.
In our report, The insight edge to talent acquisition, 91% of business leaders stated that improving learnability across all levels of their organisation was key to reaping the benefits of achieving a workforce that are equipped to work alongside technology, and continually embrace new innovations and skills. Through analysis of workforce data, HR can detect any trends between roles, skillsets and who applies and secures those vacancies. Data can also help map out career paths based on patterns identified in the workforce. Through this insight, HR can proactively carve out a culture of learnability by pinpointing what upskilling is required and when in the employee lifecycle to promote this when searching for candidates. And with over half (52%) of L&D leaders stating that all skills gaps within their organisation could be addressed by better use of data, HR can also look to create better learning opportunities for their current workforce in order to strengthen and upskill the current talent they possess.
Learnability is also key for HR and recruitment themselves. To create a culture of learnability, HR and recruitment teams will need to be at the centre of it, showing how it is achieved and why continuous development must happen. With recruitment being the first touchpoint candidates have with an organisation, if they can’t fully articulate the culture, the organisation risks looking archaic and employer branding will become de-valued.
Talent mobility as the enabler to smart recruitment
Talent mobility, the movement of employees around a business to develop skills, increase employee engagement and retention, will be easier to achieve through data. From the research we carried out, 88% of business leaders believe that upskilling employees in new areas and emerging job categories is essential, however it is not always a simple task and can be difficult to know where to start, especially if you’re an organisation that has yet to embrace and invest in data insight tools.
At Capita Resourcing we’re able to support you in building your talent of tomorrow through our IT Skills Development Programme. Our programmes are designed to close the skills gaps your organisation currently faces and to ensure shortages don’t appear in the future. We deliver entry-level and professional apprenticeships fully funded and operated by us; IT graduate schemes of 12-24 months where graduates are pre-trained 16 weeks before to be equipped with the necessary requirements to work for you and on your specific IT systems; and trainee employed resource that we contract out to work with you, creating a bespoke development programme unique to your business skill shortages and emerging skill demands.
As the war for talent becomes fiercer and the skills gap ever-widens, HR must look to what they currently possess by taking advantage of the data they house to understand their workforce, their patterns and the skills gaps that need to be filled now whilst forecasting for the emerging ones.
Learnability and development are no longer confined to the L&D arena. If you are to successfully compete and attract the necessary talent that will close the current skills gaps, you need to continue growing such skills, not allow development to halt and be on to finding the next trending talent businesses are wanting. Cultivate and grow your workforce and this will attract the candidates you require, whilst retaining and strengthening the internal talent you already have.
To find out more about how we can support you in closing your current and emerging skills gaps through our recruitment solutions, get in touch today. Or learn more about how your competitors are using data in their hiring decisions and talent acquisition strategies in our latest blog.