We are experiencing a major evolution in work, technology, and the skills that drive them. The fastest-growing fields are in machine learning, data science, vision engineering, operations engineering, and stack development, according to The Ladders. Companies struggle to find the high-tech skills that power manufacturing, technology, and our world.
In “Preparing the Workforce for Jobs of the Future” (page 14), we discover how education and business needs are not aligned, creating a skills gap among graduating students. Organizations like Toyota, Walmart and Amazon have filled the skills void by training, retraining and redeploying talent to high-need areas. But these efforts cannot keep pace with the pace of change. An astounding 60 percent of high schools don’t have a computer science program, so how can students be tech-ready at graduation? It starts with learning and training.
The 2018 Learning! 100 organizations, revealed in this issue, have some great ideas on how to close the skills gap. Navy Federal Credit Union “hires to retires” employees. Vi’s culture attracts and retains talent in the highly coveted field of health care. Shaw Industries partners with high schools and technical centers to train the next generation of talent. Amazon pays tuition up front for employees. Department of Veteran Affairs Acquisition Academy not only trains its own but serves as an outsourced resource for other federal agencies. I daresay every one of the Learning! 100 has embraced the changing workforce, invested in engagement, and support an enabling learning culture that drives performance, retention, and talent. Discover their path to excellence starting on page 25.
How does your organization compare to the Learning! 100? Find out by viewing the “Learning! 100 Benchmarks” on page 44. Learning! 100 organizations deploy mobile, support a remote workforce, invest in learning, and link learning to business impact and management goals. We invite you to join the continued dialogue in upcoming articles, Web seminars, and events. Watch for news at www.2elearning.com.
Coupa, a three-time Learning! 100 winner, shares its story on “Values-Based Leadership.” Though a small company, it has the heart and team of a Fortune 500 behemoth. Jonathan Fear, Director of Coupa University, shares the company’s road to excellence (page 20).
Congratulations to all of the Learning! 100. You inspire us every day. Learning is the answer. – Jerry Roche, Executive Editor