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Learning & Development teams are constantly faced with the challenge of delivering engaging employee learning that fuels growth and aids in retention.  To deliver all of this they need to be innovative in the way that they deliver these learning opportunities to employees at every level.

We are going to look at five innovative Learning & Development trends that we think are here to stay:


1.The Digital Transformation of the Deskless Workforce

Last year brought on the rapid digital transformation of L&D for many organisations.  The days of communicating with and training the Deskless Workforce through traditional methods such as paper-based processes & bulletin boards are gone and digital is here to stay.  Many organisations are adopting new mobile-first tools for the likes of internal communications and employee engagement. L&D leaders are factoring these digital tools into their departments to help increase productivity and reduce turnover.


2. Rapid Upskilling & Reskilling through Continuous Learning

The adoption of new technology for work has been a huge trend over the past 12 months in multiple industries.  This has resulted in a mass upskilling and reskilling of thousands of employees who rapidly needed to learn both how to use these new technologies and how to work in a new environment.  Learning & Development teams are utilising digital technology to identify skills gaps in their workforce and closing these gaps by opening continuous learning.  This allows for employees to continually access training materials, thus always progressing and developing new skills.


3. Mobile Learning

Long unengaging training days are becoming a thing of the past.  Learning is now happening at the point of accessibility, which is now on mobile phones for most employees. Mobile delivery of L&D is allowing learning to happen at the point of need by incorporating training into employee’s everyday routines.


4. Supporting Performance through Microlearning

We have already mentioned that mobile learning allows for learning to happen at the point of need, microlearning can enhance employee performance in these situations.  By delivering bite-sized training accessible through mobile, employees are being given the tools to do their job effectively.  A great example of using engaging microlearning is by using short video tutorials that employees can watch when the need arises, meaning they can get the job done & save time.


5. Making Training Entertaining

L&D teams want to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences for their workforces.  They are doing this by creating training content that learners enjoy and come back to regularly, making for an entertaining learning journey that helps with effective learning. Entertaining training materials can quickly and effectively reinforce training competencies.


Some of these Learning & Development trends are not new and some have been rapidly brought on by recent events, either way, they are here to stay.  Learning & Development is constantly changing and has never been more important to organisations than it is right now, but it can be the most difficult task when it comes to training a Deskless or Distributed Workforce. We have put together The Nvolve Guide to Learning & Development for Deskless & Distributed Workforces to share some of our best tips for L&D.  You can download your copy of this guide here.