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Policy

By Jackie Black

Retrain and Redeploy
Your Workers

Digital Education
Digital learning platforms will prepare
the workforce for the future

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n a matter of weeks, Americans across the country
became confined to their homes. Millions of U.S. workers
now rely on digital tools to work remotely. The coronavirus rapidly increased the adoption of these tools, which can be
used to help upskill our workforce, retrain those now unemployed or simply cure boredom. Whatever the reason, this accelerated digital transformation is amplifying the need to prepare
our current and future workforce for in-demand tech jobs.
Show your Commitment
through Upskilling

Our workplaces - and homes - across
the nation are now filled with uncertainty. Both employers and employees
face challenges to remain productive and
engaged while maintaining their mental
well-being and balancing demands in
their personal life. Now is the time for
business leaders to show they are still
invested in developing their workforce.
One way to do this is by making the commitment to upskill current employees.
"For your already skilled software
teams, show the technologists that
you're investing in them and that you
care. This empathy will go a long way in
helping employees make it through a
difficult time and, when we emerge from
this, they'll remember what you did for
them," says Mike Wooldridge, enterprise
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account executive for tech training
and workforce assessment platform
Pluralsight, a CTA member.
BMW is implementing digital learning through an AI for Business Leaders
course on Udacity. This course aims to
help executives learn the fundamentals
of AI so that they may deploy it into
broader corporate strategies. Even at the
executive level, there is the need to keep
technology-related skills up to date.

With millions of
Americans suddenly
unemployed, and many
underutilized, there is an
increased demand for
remote learning.

The Workforce is Eager to Learn

With millions of Americans suddenly
unemployed, and many underutilized,
there is an increased demand for
remote learning.
In April, Pluralsight announced Free
April, making their 7,000 technology
classes free with the tagline "Stay Home.
Skill Up." Within the first four days of the
month, more than 500,000 people
signed up worldwide.
Whether we're upskilling our current
workers or reskilling them to fill new
roles, digital platforms will help educate
the workforce and prepare them for the
evolving technology needs of a post-pandemic country. And the good news is:
they want to learn.

Andras Vas/Unsplash

P O L I CY I N ACT I O N

As we transition to a remote workforce,
some roles are now obsolete, and those
workers may face layoffs. At the same time,
this digital transition is increasing demand
for roles such as cybersecurity, network
engineers and software developers.
Pluralsight's Role IQ is a dynamic and
adaptive assessment test to benchmark
employees' technical skills and provide
objective insights to recommend what
learning opportunities will help them gain
skills to bridge any gaps or take them to
the next level. For example, one
Pluralsight client discovered a Python
coding expert among their finance group,
which helped them fill a software development role for a specific project that needed
extra hands. According to Wooldridge,
"The data allows companies to make better workforce decisions. Maybe you will
find that you can pivot an existing worker
into a more in-demand role."
Home Depot worked with Pluralsight to
create OrangeMethod, a tech skills program to upskill store associates to fill their
demand for technology roles in software
engineering, security, UX and data science.
Employers may find they can reduce layoffs and find qualified candidates to upskill
by leveraging their existing workforce.

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