Building a Productive Learning Culture and a History of Apprenticeships

The Friday 5

Each Friday, RPS highlights five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending amongst your industry peers.

Building a Productive Learning Culture by Thomas Handcock, Jean Martin
Today’s learning landscape is substantially different than before. Not only does business require different skills, but employees want to learn in new, innovative ways. As line leaders seek to improve performance and pursue new growth opportunities, they need employees with skills that meet these new requirements. For instance, sales leaders want sales staff that can not only sell products, but also challenge customers’ assumptions. IT leaders want employees who have the ability to build relationships with business leaders. These executives are looking to L&D to help their staff build the skills they need to be successful.

HR Review
Apprenticeships – the last 100 years by Staff Writer
Employers have always considered apprenticeships to be a beneficial method of vocational training: 100 years ago this was concentrated mainly around artisan trades, but as the number of larger employers grew in the twentieth century, this evolved to newer metalworking industries like engineering and shipbuilding. Today the growth sector for apprenticeships include: the digital sector, banking and professional services such as tax consultancy. The research reveals that whichever vocation chosen, most apprentices in 1914 started work aged 15-17, compared with 19-24 today. Further, one hundred years ago, women made up 22% of apprentices, a figure that has significantly increased to 55% today.

Fast Company
How The Workforce Is Evolving And What Leaders Can Do To Keep Up by Don Peppers
Today, the notion that all employees must come in to the office to do their jobs blows my mind. In a technology-driven world, employee productivity has never been higher, processes have never been more efficient, and identifying and solving customer problems 24/7 from anywhere in the world has never been easier. But for all the benefits that technology’s blizzard of new capabilities is generating, managers everywhere face a perfect storm of workplace challenges.

Chief Learning Officer
Adopting a Global Mindset by Monica P. Hawkins
Did you know you are sitting on a gold mine? Maybe not literally, but building on that notion, your mind has a lot of worth, especially when used appropriately for yourself and your business. A global leader’s success starts in his or her mind. Let’s examine some success indicators of a global mindset in a corporate environment. The minds of business executives often race between multiple business issues within a given hour. Although there is a lot demanding a global leader’s mental space, he or she should be attentive to details, while not missing out the big picture. Global leaders should be aware of how decisions (small or big) may affect their company locally and internationally.

8 Qualities of Leaders Who Deliver Value Every Day by Jeff Boss
Leadership is a means to create value for others through self-expression. How a leader shows up is everything as it sets the tone for others to either emulate or evade. Making the jump from manager to director to leader is never a clear-cut process. The position itself changes but the “how to lead” skills are never made clear, so what happens is newly-appointed leaders apply yesterday’s management tactics to today’s leadership demands, and the two don’t play nicely. Before assuming your next leadership role, run through the following checklist to ensure you’re on the right track to deliver value every day.

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