Upskilling is going to save the world

It's not surprising that skills and their importance in modern business change, given the uproarious era of tech that we’re living through. Skills that were highly relevant and niche a few short years ago translate to base skills today, at best. Take the example of data and a worker’s familiarity to working with it to extract insight. This might have been a specialist position in quaint old 2012, but in 2018 it is expected at associate-level positions.

However, this shift in which skills are necessary and how often they need to be updated isn’t only driven by innovation, but by the workforce itself. Millennials are not motivated exclusively by monetary and other more traditional benefits that worked for previous generations – they demonstrate a strong focus on professional development and personal growth. And by 2020, they will comprise more than half the workforce.

Add to the mix the fact that, according to a recent report by Gartner, a staggering four in five employees lack the skills they will need for their future role, and 70 per cent have not even mastered those they need for their current tasks. Sounds like a recipe for a perfect storm of employee churn, wasted digital transformation investment and slower growth, doesn’t it?

It is clear that in this climate, it is important to focus on ensuring employees not only feel they are valued and assisted in developing their skills, but also that transforma­tion efforts are backed by the right talent, and your employer brand is strong enough to attract world-class talent. Let’s see how certification can help ease the malaise of the digital transformation and bring out the best in a new generation of employees.

Certification benefits all

Professional development, L&D, talent acquisition… all buzzwords quite often thrown around, not always backed by solid effort and investment on the business side, and not consti­tuting a benefit for employees, current and potential. But offering training to staff which leads to a certification has many benefits for everyone:

  • Certifications are proof that staff are taking full advantage of the training budget provided to them
  • Successes and failures in certifica­tion exams, as well as the scores attained, can give you clear indica­tions of what you and your people need to invest more in and improve
  • Employees who gain certificates can form a capable pool of promotable talent within the organisation
  • The knowledge your people acquire in training courses leading to certificates is proven best practice, crafted by subject matter experts and supported by well-respected, responsible organisations
  • Employees gain their certifications and carry them with them, making this one of the most sought-after benefits for them
  • Your people will become part of bustling professional communities, those of certificate-holders, which provide access to bleeding-edge advancements in fields such as IT, software development and project management, which will, of course, bleed into business operation and provide a competitive advantage
  • Offering L&D support in the form of certification training is appealing to investors, as BlackRock’s Laurence Fink made clear in his letter to more than 1,000 CEOs

All talents, certified

Deciding on a certification is the first step to gaining a valuable tool. PeopleCert has a rich portfolio of qualifications, which range from IT, digital marketing and project man­agement to languages and computer literacy. PeopleCert’s portfolio covers all the most critical functions of modern organisations.

It includes the AXELOS suite of Global Best Practice qualifications, with widely recognised certifications such as ITIL® and PRINCE2®, qualifications from the DevOps Institute, the Digital Marketing Institute suite, COBIT®5 by ISACA, IASSC Lean Six Sigma and many more. Language certifications are offered through LanguageCert, an internationally-recognised awarding organisation that delivers the next generation of language exams.

Lights, camera, exam!

Starting the certification process can be daunting, but not if you know where to look. After finding the perfect fit, the next step is to find out whether sitting for the exam requires formal, guided training. This may take place in a classroom or online, in a synchro­nous manner or at your own pace. You can discover an accredited training organisation near you and get in touch to find the details you need. One thing is for sure: all PeopleCert-accredited training centres offer a comfortable, secure and rewarding experience, and they meet high standards.

The chosen certification may, on the other hand, only require intimate familiarity with the concepts that are to be certified, through self-study. Regardless, it is always a good idea, except in the case of deep knowledge in the field, to schedule in some training and become familiar with the range of concepts and methodologies that will be tested.

Works like magic

One of the major benefits of taking an exam with PeopleCert is the experience of online proctoring. This innovative system allows candidates to take their exam from the comfort of their own space, at the most convenient time for them, 24/7, 365 days a year, using only a connected computer and a webcam. PeopleCert’s expert proctors guide candidates through a security process to ensure the integrity of the exam and make sure the whole exam experience flows smoothly and is glitch-free. It really is a next-level exam.

Whether you’re a professional looking to give your career a boost, or a business looking to offer training and professional development, it is proven to be a noble attempt and well worth the effort. PeopleCert is dedicated to making the lives of people across the globe better through learning and certification, and does so with quality, innovation, passion and integrity.

Dimitris Nicolaides, Deputy Chief Commercial Officer, Business and IT Qualifications Director at PeopleCert


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