7 tips for developing a skilled workforce

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At the recent EEF National Conference in London, experts in HR, skills development, financing and more took to the EEF pop-up theatre to share 7 tips in 7 minutes. EEF’s Technology Training Centre Director Neil Withey shared his 7 tips for developing a skilled workforce.

 

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Set out your agenda for developing your workforce Tweet this

  • Find out what  your current and future business constraints are
  • Develop a roadmap for achieving your destination
  • Communicate plans and purpose to achieve engagement

Keep things simple Tweet this

  • Complex programmes cost more to manage than they deliver
  • Assess, train, evaluate existing skills to ensure your plans are aligned to your needs
  • Road test any development solutions before committing

Invest in innovative interventions that improve business performance Tweet this

  • Determine the impact value of any training and development
  • Consider recyclable interventions through digital platforms
  • Measure the impact and record your findings to help with future decisions
  • Invest in work place coaching and mentor people to embed skills

Listen to those doing the work Tweet this

  • Understand what the core business skills are and protect these valuable assets
  • Enable competent individuals to become development leads to others
  • Invest in the majority not the minority to gain broader skills development

Learn from what you do to grow your business Tweet this

  • Recognise success with the business and reward it
  • Roll out key learnings across your entire operations, including your supply chain
  • Become award winning, strive to be the best and most competitive

Educate and evolve Tweet this

  • Enable lifelong learning through wider education
  • Develop Corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects for employees to engage in
  • Become thought leaders in your field

Demonstrate success and ROI to support further investment Tweet this

  • Promote your business successes with developing people
  • Make people feel valued and involved
  • Re-invest the savings from effective skills development

EEF can help you develop a skilled workforce with our range of training courses, offered across the country at our training centres or at your company.    

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