A report released by the government has revealed that internet usage in the UK has continued to rise with 87.9 per cent of adults in the UK using the internet in the last three months, compared with 86.2 per cent in 2015.
According to The Open University’s Trends in Learning 2016 report, businesses can do more to leverage these high rates of internet access, using online training solutions to ensure that they have a fully tech savvy and highly-skilled workforce.
Steve Hill, Director of External Engagement at The Open University said, “employees are using mobile devices for many aspects of their work, and this creates a fantastic opportunity for businesses to develop an agile and adaptive organisation. By encouraging mobile learning in the workplace, companies can create a flexible learning environment which accommodates their business needs and work schedule. Providing online training platforms, which are optimised for mobile access, enables employees to find relevant content and resources at moments where they need to access information quickly.”
The Report emphasises that, as individuals in the UK have become more used to accessing information through their smartphones and devices, demand for this access at work has also increased.
Steve added, “as these latest government figures show, the internet is becoming more and more accessible, and decision makers should recognise how this opens up new avenues for professional development. Mobile technology widens the availability of learning materials for continuous professional development, ushering in an exciting era in which employees can be given the tools to develop agile and adaptive mind-sets.”
According to research conducted by Towards Maturity, 57 per cent of workplace learners like to be able to access learning on-the-go and 18 per cent are now learning at their work desks. It is suggested that organisations who can take advantage of this demand for mobile-optimised information will be able to develop a culture of learning in their workforces that boosts productivity and engagement.
Steve concluded, “learning and development is moving towards a more tailored and personalised approach, which caters to the needs of the individual employee, far more effectively addressing particular gaps in skills. Employees are now able to drive their own development by using their own devices on-the-go during their own time. We live in a digital era which provides a range of opportunities for employees to learn in a way which is more effective, efficient and responsive to the changing needs of their organisation, therefore giving businesses better ways to create a highly-skilled workforce.”