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Top Training Trends 2019-2020
04.29.2020
by: Cees Vingerling

In this blog post, I will share with you what training and development trends that IBCT has recently spotted for 2019 and 2020. 

Learning and technology walk hand in hand. As high-tech innovations accelerate, so does the opportunity to create better corporate training programs and delivery methods. More than ever, training is effectively providing skills that match the way we learn in a high-tech world. The International Board of Certified Trainers spotted the top training trends you should pay attention in the upcoming years.

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Trends in Training and Development for 2019

An Infographic

This infographic illustrates the top five trends in training and development for the year 2019 and those trends remain the top ones as we are going through 2020 as well. If you find it useful and like to keep a PDF copy of it, leave a comment at the comment section below and our team will send it to you.

I will discuss in the following lines the top five trends that IBCT has spotted that they were having consensus within the HRD community at the end of 2019. Share with us your thoughts and insights about those five trends.

Top training & Development trends

Top Training Trends 2019-2020

1- Leaders and HR align goals

Leaders who don’t plan exactly what they want their training to accomplish are wasting resources. In a learning culture, management and HR work together to define the values, processes and practices that employees, departments and the organization can use to increase their performance and competencies. The knowledge and skills acquired and applied by employees is shared freely in a learning culture, creating a sustainable and adaptable organization.

2- Develop leaders for the future

Keep the future work skills in mind to maintain the continued health of your organization. Management must target employees who can take over future leadership roles. For current employees, immediately begin training on leadership development and equip them with future work skills like: problem-solving skills, sense-making, emotional intelligence, cross-cultural and virtual teamwork, etc. If they aren’t already, HR can target job candidates with leadership potential in all their talent acquisition efforts. Management can help develop future leaders and managers as soon as new employees enter the door by providing mentors and helping them build professional networks. Improving leadership development programs helps to build teams that are agile and capable of evolving with the times.

3- Emphasize communication skills

As organizations become more diverse and broaden their reach, company leaders see the value in developing their employees’ soft skills, such as emotional intelligence, collaboration, and negotiation. In fact, more than 90% of respondents to a 2016 Deloitte survey rated soft skills a “critical priority.” They also indicated that soft skills can foster employee retention, improve leadership, and build a meaningful culture.

4- The gamification of training

There is a misunderstanding about gamification and training programs in the real world. Unwitting business owners will scoff at the notion of gamification because they believe it means turning their training programs into video games. Understandably, they feel that their critical and potentially life-saving OSHA-compliance training should not be equivalent to Donkey Kong. What they don’t realize is that gamefication is simply a process of building a progressive reward system into training that imitates modern video games.
Badges, points, leaderboards and community involvement incentivize the online training experience for even the most jaded learner. Learners who lack the passion and drive to participate can use these tools as a springboard until their core motivation kicks in.

5- Mobile and on-demand delivery

According to a 2018 study by LinkedIn, the biggest challenge for talent development is getting employees to make time for learning. Employees would agree that they don’t have the time to take away from their primary jobs to get the training. Delivering your training on multiple platforms, such as classroom, mobile and on-demand, can help eliminate the time crunch for busy employees.

6- Trainee-centric Vs. content-oriented training

Training in the past that focused solely on content was “one size fits all,” which made it difficult to engage with the trainee. Today, we must zero in on the trainee, including his or her experience, work environment, performance and technological fluency, to create a training program. Any effective training program is one developed for the individual and offers social activities to share their experiences.
As you train, think of your employees as consumers. They are used to getting 500,000 results per search on Google, YouTube automatically playing related videos based on what they’ve just watched, and Netflix suggesting content matches based on viewing pattern algorithms. For the learning consumer, training clips on your YouTube channel, a classroom training session, a MOOC (massive online open course), or a post shared on Facebook Workplace are elements that can be turned into training content. Badges, points, leaderboards and community involvement incentivize the online training experience for even the most jaded learner. Learners who lack the passion and drive to participate can use these tools as a springboard until their core motivation kicks in.

7- View training as an employee benefit and bait for talent acquisition

Training can be a key differentiator between companies competing for talent. Employees want to work for organizations that provide personal and professional development, and they consider it a deciding factor when looking for new employment or determining if they should stay with their current employer. Learning and development play a critical role in engaging — and retaining — employees. Leverage your training as an employee incentive, and add it to your existing benefits package alongside retirement and health and wellness options.

Watch the trends video 

2019-2021 Trends in a Motion Video Graphic

T and D trends in 2020

Final Thoughts

Each new year carries with it new learning and development trends, and a couple of key themes are as of now radiating through in 2019. Corporates and organizations are setting a solid accentuation on learning, while their human resources need more control of what, where, and when they learn. They’re likewise embracing both traditional and recent ways to expand their learning.

by: Cees Vingerling
Cees is a Master of Strategic Corporate Education and promotes cooperation between government, entrepreneurs, and education. Through stakeholder management, he focuses on sustainable qualitative contacts with public and private key players in society.

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