With more companies investing in learning and development (L&D) for their workforce, it’s good to know 71% of APAC employees themselves see those opportunities as a means to develop skills and knowledge.
Based on Skillsoft’s Learning and Development Trends in Asia Pacific report, 70% of respondents from 12 countries including Australia, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam would like more access to L&D programmes.
Therefore, organisations have to look into ways of delivering L&D programmes to employees, and one trend they should keep an eye on is technology.
According to the report, 82% preferred to or sometimes prefer to access learning materials on a mobile platform such as tablets or smartphones.
However, only 44% of APAC organisations at the moment offer learning programmes on a mobile device, citing cost as one of the biggest barriers in providing mobile learning.
Aside from proving learning opportunities on the go, organisations can also offer smaller “bite-sized resources” for busy employees.
This change could make a huge difference in learning engagement, as the report found while 80% of employees value learning, 46% said they were under pressure to find the time to tap on L&D programmes.
Organisations should also offer tailored L&D programmes; 15% of respondents said one of their biggest learning challenges was low applicability to their work, and 7% said it was the limited selection of courses.
“This lack of diversity in the range of learning programmes translates to L&D programmes that are either not specific to their role or function at work, or offerings that are not available at the right subject or skill level,” the report said.