Mind the gap – why improving Centennials’ Soft Skills is key to accelerating learning

You’ve recognised the need for new talent to drive your business forward – but how do you acquire, develop, and retain that talent?

You’ve recognised the need for new talent to drive your business forward – but how do you acquire, develop, and retain that talent?

Closing the skills gap is a clear route to accelerated productivity. 49% of employers stated that the [emerging talent community] didn’t have the soft skills required when they were hired. (AGR 2017).

In reality you can’t ‘do’ training to people. If you provide the right environment with a mix of distinctive and challenging projects, then you are much more likely to generate engagement.

Employers believe that closing the soft skills gap is a transformative way of accelerating learning for new employees. These foundation capabilities influence career trajectories and business results.

How do you ensure your new talent develop their foundation capabilities?

Team work, communication, punctuality and resilience are the key skills that employers often find missing in their new recruits. These behaviours are rarely taught in school or during university. They are life skills that some Millennials and Centennials may not have used or practiced in the workplace.

The great news is that the emerging talent community have an appetite for learning. 56% are aiming for a job in management within three years. So a distinctive and challenging programme, that enables them to capitalise on skills and maximise value for their organisation, is going to be a winner for them and you.

If you want to engage and excite a group of Millennials and Centennials, here’s what to do:

Provide ways to Achieve:

Provide Ownership opportunities that offer:

Generate Collaborative learning elements by:

Of course you then want to know what people thought of the training beyond the initial ‘happy sheet’. Demonstrating and communicating the positive impact of the programme is the next step to getting the results you want from your investment.

Contact us to discover how we use innovative approaches and events to engage and develop talent.