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Training: the key role of the jobs & skills repository

A jobs & skills repository lists both the professions currently represented within the company and the skills related to these professions. It takes stock of the internal skill pool. This solution delivers major benefits to all organisations – not least in the field of training. Here’s what makes this repository key to developing the workforce.



Upskilling employees


Thanks to the jobs & skills repository and to the careful selection of training courses, employees can improve their skills in specific professions. This increases their employability in a highly competitive and fast-changing market. Indeed, upskilling has become a vital challenge for employees. To remain competitive in the labour market and – more specifically – to meet their employers’ needs, they must acquire new skills or upgrade those they already have.


In addition to improved employability, training and skills development are powerful drivers of motivation for team members. Improved qualification enables employees to excel in their work and reap genuine satisfaction from their performance: it’s a source of fulfilment and commitment. In addition, a competent and engaged employee takes a more active part in the company’s performance.


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According to a survey conducted by OpinionWay for the Observatoire de l’Engagement in March 2019, the development of skills and potential is one of the keys to employee engagement, accounting for 33% of total motivation factors. In large companies, the figure increases to 38%. (source: L’Observatoire de l’Engagement)



Building clear internal career paths and bridges between positions


One of the benefits of the jobs & skills repository is that it provides a reference for defining the skills required for each position. This makes job descriptions clearer and more precise. Employees can more easily identify the skills they may wish to develop to carry out their tasks – as well as the skills they need to fulfil their internal mobility objectives. This helps them plan a well-defined career path within the organisation.


In addition, by spelling out the skills required for each position, the repository identifies the most closely related professions in terms of skills. Ultimately, this encourages the creation of bridges between the various positions and opens up multiple career development prospects for employees.


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A more qualified, higher performance workforce


The jobs & skills repository also has undeniable benefits for companies in terms of overall workforce qualification. Thanks to clearly identified training needs, they can capitalise on and develop internal knowledge, maximising their global performance. The jobs & skills repository is an effective tool to adapt an organisation’s training strategy to proven needs in the field.


Furthermore, to remain competitive, a company must keep pace with technological and economic change. It needs to acquire or upgrade skills on a regular basis. The repository puts the spotlight on these needs and simplifies the choice of training courses based on their relevance.


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Training adapted to the needs of the company and its employees


The jobs & skills repository plays a key role in the choice of training provided to employees. By measuring the discrepancies between the skills existing within the company and those to be acquired, it identifies areas for improvement for employees and enables targeted training that meets their needs.


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Optimised training budgets


The jobs & skills repository also enables companies to assess the relevance of a given training activity. They can thereby optimise their budgets by allocating funds to courses that are essential to their business.


Moreover, by refining the choice of training courses thanks to the jobs & skills repository, the return on investment is easier to measure. You can evaluate employees’ skills before and after the training, as well as the evolution of the company’s productivity.


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