The survey asked 120 L&D practitioners about the new year’s resolutions they had made for their organisations. 48% would like to offer more e-learning courses; 45% would like to use more technology for training and 40% would like to train more people. 28% said they wanted to better manage their return on investment from training; 20% want to try out mobile learning; 13% would like to find more budget; 13% want to undertake more classroom training and 10% would like to introduce a new Learning Management System. Others plan to increase on-the-job training, create bespoke learning solutions and improve the way they measure behavioural change.
The survey also asked the L&D professionals about their personal new year’s resolutions. 63% said they want to develop their own skills in 2013; 38% intend to be more organised; 29% would like to manage their stress better; 18% would like to feel more motivated and 15% said they’d like to find another job.
“2013 promises to be a busy year for L&D, as the common theme from our survey is that practitioners are keen to do more,” said Martin Addison, CEO of Video Arts. “The findings also give a sense of the difficulty of the L&D role. Some practitioners clearly feel under pressure to perform, as managing their own stress, motivating themselves and even finding another job all feature strongly as resolutions. The fact that three out of five trainers want to enhance their own skills could either reflect an admirable passion for continuous improvement or it may mean that, with the pace of change in L&D, some trainers feel underdeveloped or even ill-equipped in their current role.”
The growing conviction that e-learning can help organisations to provide cost effective training, shown in the organisational resolutions, was also evident in a wider industry survey conducted by Video Arts in October 2012. This showed that 79% of organisations have implemented e-learning and that 51% of them use it to provide soft skills development. 18% of those L&D practitioners who were not using e-learning at the time said that they planned to implement it in the future.
Martin Addison said: “There was a time when e-learning was almost the poor relation in the learning mix, with many L&D practitioners claiming that it held little appeal. That’s definitely changed now. With the availability of media-rich courses and better IT support, e-learning has established itself as L&D’s tool of choice and it’s really starting to show its value.”
For further information about Video Arts, please visit www.videoarts.com or call +44 (0) 20 7400 4800.
Background notes: Video Arts delivers soft-skills training via training videos, e-learning and mobile learning. Part of the Tinopolis Group, it has won over 200 training awards and is renowned for providing learning that is entertaining and memorable