HRM and skills development - November 2018

05 December 2018

Learning the importance of learning
Digital education and mobility opportunities must be at everyone's reach, according to the European Committee of the Regions. The opinion was adopted at the plenary session on 10 October. The organisation states that education policy strategies in Member States and regions should prioritise cooperation at all levels of governance to align high quality, innovative, digital and learner-centred education with new needs of the labour market.
Also on 10 October 2018, Lausanne-based EPFL opened their new research center for educational science LEARN. The institute aims to develop ways for using digital technology to make teaching more effective, more varied and more inclusive.
Nick van Dam, professor Learning & Development at Nyenrode (in Dutch) and partner at McKinsey & Company published the book “Elevating Learning & Development. Insights and Practical Guidance from the Field”. Continuous “up-skilling” and “re-skilling” of the workforce is needed to keep up with the 4th industrial revolution, according to the authors. More information about the book and where to buy it can be found here.

Robotics now and in the – near – future
Virtual Reality is the key of a new education and training programme, TIME for Robotics, that will be created at the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development in the USA. The programme is helping address industry’s call for workers with the skills needed to qualify for jobs in advanced manufacturing.
Consultancy Michael Page has partnered with trends forecasters Foresight Factory to examine trends shaping tomorrow’s workplace. Through an analysis of these trends and with the input of expert recruitment consultants, they predict the impact of for instance robotics on the skills required in roles across key job sectors.

How to stay attractive as an employer
Employers have to be proactive, to offer incentives like proper education facilities and to be flexible in working conditions to attract the people needed for solving the complex problems of today and tomorrow. This is concluded by recruitment consultancy Robert Half (in Dutch) based on their Salary Guide (Salarisgids) 2019. If you are interested, fill in your details and you will receive the report (in Dutch) by e-mail.
In the USA PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies and the OpX Leadership Network have published new Worker Safety Readiness for the CPG Industry assessment tools and leadership guidelines. The free document aims to better ensure a worker safety culture for consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). You may download the documents after filling in your details.

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