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2 in 3 firms have no clear L&D plans, Accenture finds

Jun 15
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Less than three out of ten organisations (29%) currently have clear learning and development (L&D) plans in place, according to research by Accenture.

The firm's Learning and Skills at Work 2020 report, produced in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), found that one fifth (21%) of the 1,200 employers surveyed don't use technology to support learning, relying instead on traditional classroom-based training.

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic creating barriers to skills development, the report urged organisations to leverage the potential of digital technologies and foster a culture of supportive learning.

Even among businesses that are embracing innovative approaches to skills nurturing, adoption of emerging tech remains fairly slow.

Just over 12% of companies are using mobile applications, the findings showed, and even less are using virtual reality (4%) and augmented reality (2%). But these methods are growing rapidly in use, and are proving highly effective.

Other key outcomes of the study showed that 84% of firms reporting above-average productivity said their learning strategy was linked to business needs, compared to 43% of those whose productivity was below average.

Andy Young, managing director of talent and human potential services at Accenture, pointed out that technology was already disrupting the world of work, and the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated "the need to harness human and digital skills".

He added: "While digital learning is commonplace in our personal lives, our report shows that many UK organisations have not invested in this as a competitive advantage, risking significant skills gaps.

"With new solutions such as virtual and augmented reality that simulate difficult situations, gaming technology, and films to encourage decision making and new behaviours, employers can revolutionise their training plans at a time when their people need it the most."

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