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Providing customized training thanks to skill mapping

Providing personalized training to employees is one of the purposes of a skills map. Companies often rely on annual surveys to decide what training to offer – but in most cases this proves ineffective and a poor fit. A powerful tool for HR management, the skills map enables companies to offer targeted training programs.



Identify each employee’s strengths and areas for improvement


To offer personalized training programs, you first need to perform an individual review of the skill gaps. The strengths and areas of improvements of each employee can be identified thanks to a skills map. This is the first step towards developing a targeted training program.


To build customized training plans at the level of the team or department, the skill data on all employees needs to be aggregated. This aggregation enables you to objectively identify the top-priority skills that need to be strengthened within the team or department.


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Consider each employee’s needs and objectives


In every company, in every department, each employee has a specific profile and career path. In addition to their past experiences, individual employees also have their personal ambitions and aspirations, different from their colleagues’. Employees’ backgrounds and plans must be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine the most appropriate training program – as objectively as possible.


For example, if an employee wishes to move to a new position, managers and HR can use the skills map to suggest a training program that will help him/her prepare for future assignments. This “custom-made” training will meet the expectations of both the employee and the company, which can then rely on an appropriately trained professional who will “hit the ground running” when he or she takes up the new position.


Besides acquiring new skills, employees become more confident when they receive personalized training that matches their aspirations & expectations. This puts them in a better frame of mind to take on their new duties and perform well.



Harness digital technology for individual training


With the advent of remote work, the generalization of the of flex office and the development of co-working, our society is evolving – and so is the organization of work. Professional training is no exception to this trend. Does this mean that face-to-face training with an instructor is on the way out? That’s hard to tell. In any case, it has become necessary to include digital training in one’s catalogue.


Indeed, face-to-face training has proven its worth, but it also shows some limitations, not least the difficulty of distributing content to the right person at the right time. The need to be physically present in a specific place on a specific date makes it very rigid and can force learners to forgo training for logistical reasons or to choose a course that is not really suited to their skill level.


To avoid this kind of pitfall, the skills map provides a dynamic, always up-to-date snapshot of all the skills mastered by a company’s workforce. HR and managers can then offer employees personalized training matching their needs and aspirations. Coupled with digital training programs, this personalized approach delivers highly adapted responses, with training content that can be accessed anytime and anywhere.


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