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Why and how to rationalize your training catalogue?

As both education and work go increasingly digital, and news skills emerge, policy-makers, learning institutions and business leaders around the world are rethinking the practices of occupational training. This drive has a major impact on conventional training catalogues. Why and how should you rationalize your training catalogue?



What’s a training catalogue?


A training catalogue lists the training courses offered by learning & development institutions. At the company level, it describes the professional training courses available to employees, as well as all the associated content.


These courses can be provided in various formats: face-to-face, distance or blended learning, the latter combining conventional face-to-face sessions with virtual content. Other training methods are also gaining ground within organisations, such as on-the-job training and augmented reality training.


These trends are producing an evolution of training catalogues, in line with technical innovations and with the projects undertaken by companies and training institutions. These stakeholders need to update and enhance their training catalogues to ensure their consistency and relevance over time. However, given the number and variety of formats and content on the market, this is no simple task. It is therefore essential to establish a common language to facilitate the process.



Optimising your training catalogue


Both for training institutions and companies, one fundamental step in rationalizing training catalogues is to define the common codes to categorise and read their content. This enables users to compare the elements of the training catalogue objectively (skills covered, teaching resources, etc.) and thereby to group similar content, reducing redundancy as much as possible. The ontological approach, based on the modelling of standardised databases of jobs and skills, is one of the keys to achieving this.


Technologies such as those used by Boostrs can power this approach, based on a skills ontology. Indeed, they translate training content into standardised skills, by cross-referencing it with already standardised jobs and skills databases. In other words, this approach makes it easy to identify the skills covered by each course, in order to highlight any connections and overlaps across the complete offering.



Rationalizing your training catalogue: for what concrete applications?


Organisations rationalize their training catalogues to address several key goals. In particular, rationalisation aims to guarantee the relevance of the courses on offer.


Increase agility


The most important benefit of rationalizing and structuring the content of your training catalogue is that you gain better visibility of your organisation’s full course offering. This helps improve the relevance of the training offered to clients (in the case of training institutions) or employees (for companies).


With a content offering that is better structured, thanks to a skills ontology, you can easily match the skills covered by courses on offer to the needs of your clients or employees. In other words, this “skills by course” approach enables you to direct learners or clients more precisely towards the courses best suited to their needs – or even to create new, customised learning contents. This increases companies’ and training institutions’ agility in the management of their offering.



Adapt to the evolution of skills and working methods


It is important to regularly carry out a diagnosis of your training catalogue in order to identify courses that have become obsolete, redundant or are – on the contrary – missing. In the longer run, the aim is to optimise your offering by adapting it to the evolutions in the labour market, particularly:


the automation of skills brought on by the rise of artificial intelligence. This needs to be anticipated to ensure that most of the training catalogue is not dedicated to skills that could be automated in the near future


→ the continuous emergence of new skills, which requires the training catalogue to be constantly expanded


→ the significant increase in organisations’ reliance on remote work, which calls for the development of your offering, digital learning.


In short, rationalizing your training catalogue not only simplifies searches, but also improves the visibility of your offering, increasing the relevance of the professional training proposed.


Related : Training in the face of skill automation


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