The rate of digitalisation has grown faster than originally ever anticipated, particularly during the Covid19 pandemic. As most businesses were forced online, many realised the benefits of digital and have continued to adopt it post-pandemic – except now the demand for emerging technologies increasing ahead of the number of workers with skills required to deliver them.
As technology develops, so does the workforce’s skillset requirements. If workers don’t develop their digital literacy skills consistently, then they run the risk of being left behind in the ever-changing technological landscape that we live in.
Although digital literacy is a broad concept, everyone needs it in some form or another. The exact digital requirements people need will vary between jobs. From from being able to work a printer; to using word processors, spreadsheets, social media platforms, and CRM systems; to advanced digital use like AI, data analysis, computer programming and coding.
To be able to deal with this challenge, it’s important that employers provide their workforce with the chance to learn and develop the required skills to remain up-to-date with the rate of technological development. The CIPD 2021 Learning and Skills Work Survey shows businesses with a sophisticated approach to technology in L&D are more likely to have a supportive learning environment.