Employer Provided Training
Gone are the days that tech employers can expect to hire a candidate who possesses every desired skill. Eighty-three percent of employers said they will need more employees with technical skills. With this steady demand for tech workers we’ve seen over the past five years, employers are investing more in employee training. Almost one-third of companies are looking to apprenticeships to find qualified candidates, a number that has been on an upward trend. Forty-four percent said that tuition reimbursement is important for retaining employees in the next five years — an eight-point increase since 2017.
Amazon, which has been a leader in upskilling and training programs, explains why these are important benefits to provide. “The past 18 months have made it clear to Amazon that skills training and education are important to our employees,” says Ardine Williams, Amazon vice president of Workforce Development. “Since the pandemic began, we’ve seen a surge in applications to our upskilling programs, reflecting employees’ interest in bolstering their skills and future-proofing their careers. We are now offering more choice when it comes to education and skills training opportunities funded by Amazon — which includes funding for bachelor’s degrees, GEDs and ESL proficiency certifications all of which are foundational for building career success at Amazon or beyond.”
New D&I Leadership
We are seeing more companies that have diversity and inclusion staff in various roles. In 2021, 42% of companies reported a D&I team — a number that has steadily increased. More, 36% of companies now have staff responsible for diverse hiring, a six-point increase from 2020.
Joseph Matthews, vice president, purchasing and diversity officer, Gentex Corp., shared insights into his evolving D&I leadership role. “I am directly responsible for diversity and inclusion. However, in that side of the organization, I’m a person of one and I report directly to the CEO. I have the responsibility for the strategy, but I leverage a lot of different organizations for the execution. Leveraging different organizations (i.e. functions) within the company who are striving to activate Gentex’s DEI vision multiplies the impact. It allows initiatives to grow and flourish with creative solutions, and informative and engaging communications and educational programs.”
While the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated many workforce trends, it’s clear that flexible work, employee development and D&I leadership are three areas that are increasingly important for employers to be successful and keep up with the future of work.
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