The dynamics of modern training in the corporate industry is always in a continuous flux pivoting around three key levers. These are How, What, and Who of the training delivery mechanism. With the aggressive advent of technology, these three key levers are being modernized and made more precise and contemporary.
Of these, the “How” of training delivery is the biggest beneficiary of modern-day tool kits available in the Digital and AI landscape. The emerging trends in this area are as follows:
Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
VR and AR technologies have the potential to revolutionize corporate training by providing immersive, realistic, and interactive learning experiences. Employees can engage in simulated scenarios, such as virtual workshops or on-the-job training, without the need for physical resources or risking real-world consequences. Manufacturing, Airline, and similar Industries which involves training on heavy and complicated machinery, VR/AR will be the most effective training delivery mechanism for new as well as training needs during technical upgradation.
Collaborative and Social Learning
Social learning platforms and tools will gain prominence as companies recognize the importance of collaborative learning environments. Employees will have opportunities to engage in knowledge sharing, peer-to-peer learning, and collaborative problem-solving through online communities, forums, and virtual collaboration spaces. AI assisted, User generated content from community learning and sharing can deliver real time, fast and micro learning experiences.
“Who” or the individual recipient of training has always been a subject of enquiry in terms of gauging the extent of the training effectiveness. It is a complicated function of an individual’s skill and competency, motivation, learning type and perceived utility of a training program. Tech is trying to gauge, assess and continuously redesign the training process to maximize this function for an individual. The emerging trends in this aspect are as follows
Gamification incorporates game elements, such as points, leaderboards, and rewards, into training programs to enhance engagement and motivation. At one end, gamification rewards are made more aligned to personal and career goals and on the other hand it is being used to understand trainee’s behavior, learning interests and gaps. In the future, more organizations will adopt gamified training approaches tailor made for different generations of workforce. The newer generation entering the workforce which is brought up in the tech world, gamification is more about fun, interactive, and competitive spirit. Whereas the senior generation gamification will be more incentivised towards career progression, compensation benefits and recognition
Personalized and Adaptive Learning
The ultimate holy grail of training is to make training as precise as an individual’s personal preference and learning type is. Companies will employ technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, to create personalized learning paths and adaptive training programs that adjust to each employee’s progress and skill level. Personalised training at a granular level means, differentiated learning paths, customized modules, flexibility of training time and location, automated data driven analysis and suggested reinforcements, and control at the hand of the individual to make training choices
“What” in training emerges and draws from the world we live in every aspect of our being and living. Our work and business place are a subset of the vast universal set of the world we live in, its issues, its local culture, its nuances and its progressive values. Technology on one hand is creating new tools and ways at an accelerating speed and on the other hand the community we live in is changing and adapting to new social and cultural order. Some emerging trends here are as follows
Tech for All
It is imperative at all levels starting from schools to board rooms, that every individual, especially those who are not into tech driven tasks, is given basic and advanced level training in digital and information technology. Regardless of the sector, organizations are recognizing the need to equip their workforce with essential technological skills to stay competitive and adapt to changing demands. Technology training empowers employees to leverage digital tools, improve productivity, and drive innovation. From basic computer literacy to advanced programming and data analysis, there is a wide range of training programs available to cater to diverse industry needs. By providing comprehensive technology training, companies can enhance employee capabilities, streamline processes, and foster a culture of continuous learning, ensuring they are well-prepared for the digital age.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Training
Organizations are increasingly prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. DEI training must become a fundamental component of corporate training programs to foster inclusive workplaces, raise awareness about unconscious biases, and promote diversity-related skills and competencies. It also gets accelerated as a more diverse global community is getting engaged at a team level in the workplaces. Employees must be increasingly aware of individual sensitivities, values, and culture of team mates, so that bonding and communication gaps are reduced. At a fundamental level DEI training boosts performance due the inherent complimentary variations which brings different perspectives, challenges stereotypes, fosters creativity and helps in designing win-win and inclusive solutions.
Training appears in the first place as a lagging reflection of the changing world around us, but at a critical level it is building the undercurrent for leading innovations and changes in the world. Up till now and for many years to come Corporates and Universities will be at the forefront of amazing innovation as in both the places the base of innovation is set on the bedrock of excellent training delivery mechanisms established over decades. Training is the accelerated evolutionary pathway for human civilsation.
The training landscape in 2023 is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by three key levers: “How,” “What,” and “Who.” Advancements in technology have revolutionized training delivery, with virtual and augmented reality offering immersive experiences and collaborative learning platforms fostering knowledge sharing. Effective gamification and personalized learning paths cater to individual preferences and skills. Emphasizing the importance of technology for all, organizations are equipping their workforce with digital skills to stay competitive. Diversity, equity, and inclusion training are becoming fundamental components of corporate programs, fostering inclusive workplaces. Training is the pathway for leading innovations and transformations, empowering individuals and organizations to thrive in an ever-evolving world.