With digitization, the demands on the skills of interns and employees are increasing. Digital skills are relevant foundations that many companies want to systematically build for their employees. 78.8 percent of German companies expect that digital change will require new knowledge, skills and competences. They consider it extremely important to prepare and adapt their experts to the demands of the digital environment. More and more companies want and expect enhanced digital skills from their employees. Due to the pandemic, many training processes in companies could not continue as usual. Not only because of Corona, but also because of radical change, companies expect at least one digital competence from their employees. Whether IT user knowledge, researching information on the Internet, digital communication or self-directed learning with digital media; change requires employees to acquire new skills. Professional qualification in the field of digital change is a new challenge that many companies suddenly have to face.
The intensity of learning with digital media has increased mainly due to the coronavirus crisis. Especially since the last wave, digital learning media has been increasingly used. However, this mainly concerns companies that used digital learning media before the crisis. Image source: ©pixabay.de without license
Professional qualification in digital change – soft skills
Gone are the days when it was enough to have good technical knowledge. The demands on our skills have changed significantly over the past few decades in particular.
In order to ensure the professional success of employees and trainees, companies attach great importance to continuing education and expertise in handling new technologies and digital skills. The relevance of hard skills, i.e. professional skills, is still extremely relevant, but in a connected world, companies place increasing importance on the soft skills of their interns and employees, such as empathy, assertiveness, reliability, friendliness and enthusiasm. These are even basic requirements in companies today. Personal and social skills are becoming more and more commonplace for companies alongside professional skills. The ability to work in a team, a sense of responsibility and a certain ability and willingness to learn are attractive above all.
New technologies and work processes
Online and platform-protected business models are changing not only the skill requirements of employees, but also their work processes. Further development of new digital technologies requires further training and development of almost all employees. The structural trend is towards digitalization, and the financing of targeted further education opportunities is an obstacle for companies. Tasks and work processes in companies are not only increasingly complex, but also more demanding.
Due to the pandemic, many educational processes and continuing education opportunities in companies could not continue as usual. Not only because of Corona, but also because of the radical digital change, companies expect at least one digital competence from their employees. Whether it is IT user knowledge, researching information on the Internet, digital communication or self-directed learning with digital media, change requires employees to acquire new skills.
The intensity of learning with digital media has increased mainly due to the coronavirus crisis. Especially since the last wave, digital learning media has been increasingly used. However, this mainly concerns companies that used digital learning media before the crisis.
Modernization of education
One thing is clear during the digital transformation: training must be modernized.
78% of companies adapt the requirements they place on skilled workers. In almost three quarters of companies, there is even a regular exchange between companies and trainers.
Trainers are informed by company management about innovations, which are then communicated to interns and specialists. This ensures competent handling of new technologies and the flow of changed work processes.
Further education is the basis
It seems that additional training processes in companies with regard to digital skills are increasingly important, regardless of the industry in which you work. Especially high expectations are placed on young people because they grow up mostly with digital skills. In order to prepare the training for the future and to be able to implement changed processes and new technologies in companies in time, employees and trainees must be continuously introduced to the latest technologies and digital skills as part of continuing education opportunities.
Professional Qualification in Digital Change – Learning Media
Above all, the offer of digital education can be integrated into everyday work. Many see the combination of presence phases and learning media as added value.
However, digital learning media do not necessarily lead to sustainable and improved learning outcomes. In digital processes, it is especially important that specialists are given the opportunity to further develop the skills and competences they have learned and put them into practice. Due to digitization and the pandemic, these processes can hardly be implemented.
Studies and other information on the impact of digital changes on the economy and the labor market can be found on the company’s website Institute of German Economy.
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