Technology is advancing at a pace with many people concerned that their skills may become redundant in the not too distant future. AI technology like ChatGPT, LaMDA and Neuralink are in some ways posing a real challenge to the viability of some industries and how they’ve typically worked up until now.
South African workers need to be able to adapt to these changes and navigate challenges quickly and effectively. There are learnable skills that can equip people for this ‘new world’ where different ways of doing things arrive almost every other month. These include:
- Digital literacy.
- Leadership and management.
- Creativity and innovation.
- Emotional intelligence.
- Cultural competence.
- Data analysis
- Communication skills.
- Critical thinking and problem-solving.
These skills are likely to remain in high demand for the foreseeable future, which is why every business should be investing in learning and development (L&D) programmes to help employees along. These programmes should include a variety of learning methods, such as classroom-based training, online learning and on-the-job training. The right tool for this purpose is critical. This is called a learning management system (LMS) or Learning Experience Platform (LXP), which is designed to deliver engaging, practical and personalised experiences. A study recently undertaken by aNewSpring in partnership with Dutch publishing house Bohn Statleu van Loghu showed that adaptive learning can reduce study time by more than 30% compared to traditional e-learning methods, all while maintaining the learners’ grades and results. It has been found that the aNewSpring Learning Platform is very well-suited to meet the demands of the skills gap in South Africa and is available with a text-to-speech engine for all 11 official South African languages.
It truly is the unicorn solution that encompasses every training requirement for training companies and corporates to equip their professionals.