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Training Predictions for 2021
March 2, 2021

2021 is a year unlike any other. Between COVID-19 and the digital transformation of most industries, a unique situation affected change in training trends related to the business world. This situation leaves many business owners wondering: How will this affect their company, and what adaptations should they make to be prepared?  

The predictions for training trends in 2021 are: 

  • Increased upskilling and reskilling
  • The rise in online learning 
  • Bite-sized learning 
  • AI integration 
  • Company-provided training [1] 

In 2020, there were massive layoffs nationwide due to the shutdown of non-essential businesses to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Many of these workers are now considering pursuing careers in different sectors to find employment. This population of people considering a career shift provides an opportunity for employers facing labor shortages to fill much-needed positions to grow their businesses. Business leaders claim one of their biggest challenges is the lack of available workers to fill job openings. As of January 21st of this year, there were 6,514,333 million jobs openings [2]. For companies to capitalize on the "new talent market [they] will need to quickly develop robust training and reskilling programs at scale. To do this, chief human resource officers and learning and development leaders will look to innovative, immersive and emerging technologies to provide scalable solutions that are engaging and data-driven" [3].  

The scalable solution to upskilling and reskilling is to provide it through an online learning platform. The prediction of upskilling pairs with the training prediction that there will be a rise in online learning. The increased time available to people out of work or working from home will result in a surge of online learning. People are looking for ways to make themselves more valuable to employers by expanding their education in specific fields. This will provide employers with more qualified job candidates and more knowledgeable employees. If employers offer this online learning, it will drive retention and loyalty from a grateful workforce that appreciates employers who invest in their career advancement. So much so that "94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career" [4]. 

The rise in bite-sized learning will be a result of workers wanting to take highly specialized courses to help with career advancement and performing new job requirements. Micro-courses are the future of education for busy adults who need vital training and education but cannot commit to a higher education degree. Micro courses should be engaging and relevant to worker's day-to-day tasks. This micro-course format can be very beneficial for employers to enable their workforce to understand how to do their job to the best of their abilities. Providing micro-courses can result in increased productivity and revenue by closing skill gaps, detrimentally affecting the company.  

An increase in AI integration is a predicted training trend for 2021. AI has revolutionized all other top industries. The education industry is seriously lagging on integrating AI into eLearning platforms. AI is predicted to play "a critical role in employee training and education" and that "organizations are particularly concerned about training junior staff and will invest in new technology collaboration and training tools" [5]. Companies that will come out on top will invest in an AI-enabled online learning platform to upskill their workforces.  

These trends inform the prediction that companies will provide training for their employees to take advantage of the new talent, downtime, creating competent employees, and advanced technology. Providing online learning options for employees will improve their relationship with current employees and provide the top incentive for recruiting new skilled talent that is needed. The offer of on-the-job training is actually the leading decisive factor for accepting a position and remaining with a company for Millennials. They will make up 75% of the workforce by 2030. Offering training is more important than salary, flexibility, culture, or other perks [6]. Establishing an online learning platform to upskill and reskill employees is a must in the future workplace.  

How to Easily Adapt to Training Trends at Your Company to Prepare for the Future of Work?

Providing hyper-specialized, bite-sized upskilling and reskilling courses to your employees using an advanced AI online learning platform is the future. Your company must adapt to these training trends to keep and attract top talent and provide your employees with what they need to perform their best.  

The ideal solution to providing this service to your employees is through a partnership. A smart partnership will be with an online learning platform that creates custom-branded learning environments and courses that meet your company's unique upskilling needs is the path to success. 

Here are key elements that upskilling platforms need to provide value to your company and employees: 

  • Customized micro-courses that are relevant to your workforce
  • Engaging delivery methods that keep employees actively learning
  • AI and advanced data capabilities
  • Positive user experience and high retention rates
  • Turn-key systems capable of immediate implementation with no learning curve 

The future of work will rely heavily on the implementation of these training predictions in 2021. Make sure your company is setting itself up for success by providing online learning courses to your employees.  

Amesite Offers a Single, Easy to Use, Scalable Solution 

Launch an online learning system that helps upskill and reskill employees and cultivate a strong culture of supporting career advancement that will inspire loyalty, productivity, and growth.    

Amesite is a high-tech AI-powered online learning platform. We specialized in scalable, custom branded online learning environments and content curation to meet the employer's unique needs to support the business's upskilling/reskilling efforts.  

 With Amesite, you can:    

  • Deploy a fully managed enterprise learning platform plus customized courses that enable you to quickly and efficiently deliver job-specific certifications for your staff. With Amesite, you just hit the easy button, and you can scale an entire remote work curriculum in just 30 days.
  • Use AI and machine learning to identify trends and make informed decisions while upskilling your teams with comprehensive data analytics and customizable dashboards.
  • Attract and keep employees engaged with social media-inspired interface design and the most up-to-date content. Build employee networks that improve your organization's success. 

Amesite creates outstanding learning experiences delivered on its advanced platform. Using AI and advanced analytics to provide fresh content creates an important context for learning. Coupled with outstanding services, these experiences deepen professionals' interest in subjects important to their company's goals and spur creative ways to execute new practices. Amesite's unparalleled retention rate in the enterprise sector is 100%. Enterprise companies like  Ford Motor Company  trust Amesite to provide a world-class online learning environment to upskill their employees. Your company can keep up with the training trends of 2021 with Amesite too.  

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Resources: 

[1] SHRM.Jan. 28, 2021. Crystal Ball Gazing: Experts Offer Training Predictions for 2021.  https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/organizational-and-employee-development/Pages/Crystal-Ball-Gazing-Experts-Offer-Training-Predictions-for-2021.aspx Accessed Feb 25, 2021.  

[2] FRED. Jan. 21, 2021. Total Unfilled Job Vacancies for the United States. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LMJVTTUVUSQ647S  Accessed Feb 25, 2021.  

[3] SHRM.Jan. 28, 2021. Crystal Ball Gazing: Experts Offer Training Predictions for 2021.  https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/organizational-and-employee-development/Pages/Crystal-Ball-Gazing-Experts-Offer-Training-Predictions-for-2021.aspx Accessed Feb 25, 2021.  

[4] LinkedIn. 2019. 2019 Workplace Learning Report. https://learning.linkedin.com/content/dam/me/business/en-us/amp/learning-solutions/images/workplace-learning-report-2019/pdf/workplace-learning-report-2019.pdf-2 Accessed Feb 25, 2021.  

[5] SHRM.Jan. 28, 2021. Crystal Ball Gazing: Experts Offer Training Predictions for 2021.  https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/organizational-and-employee-development/Pages/Crystal-Ball-Gazing-Experts-Offer-Training-Predictions-for-2021.aspx Accessed Feb 25, 2021.  

[6] Forbes. Nov. 27, 2019. How to Recruit, Upskill, And Advance: A Toolkit for Optimizing Employee Experience. https://www.forbes.com/sites/shamahyder/2019/11/27/forbeshow-to-recruit-upskill-and-advance-a-toolkit-for-optimizing-employee-experience/?sh=371415ba146e  Accessed Feb 25, 2021.