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July 2021

Compliance Made Easy

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When you think about compliance, quite often the words “boring”, “repetitive” and “predictable” spring to mind.

However, being compliant in areas such as health & safety, issuing updated risk assessments and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are tremendously important tasks (and a legal requirement) for thousands of businesses across the UK. Compliance is a must.

For large, blue-chip businesses, employing thousands of staff and contractors across multiple locations, there is a significant challenge issuing new risk assessments, operating procedures and consistent compliance training. Compliance courses cover important topics and issues that affect the entire workforce, they shouldn’t just be seen as a legal tick box exercise by the business.

Ensuring consistency, assessing understanding, and reporting centrally on your compliance is integral to protecting your organisation. Rapidly deploying new safety and compliance content will ultimately save lives.

If your business cares for and respects its people, providing a platform to communicate with your workforce, engage with all stakeholders and quickly cascade changes in your policies and procedures ensures colleagues are engaged, aware and conscious of their safety.

When addressing compliance, an experiential learning approach is far more effective at improving attitudes, behaviours, and performance. A ‘teach-by-telling’ approach is right for some learners but completely ineffective for others. The knowledge retention rate from experiential learning is up to 90% compared to just 5% from traditional learning.

Ensuring consistency, assessing understanding, and reporting centrally on your compliance is integral to protecting your organisation

It is also important to distinguish between procedure-based compliance topics and those involving complex human emotions. There is a big difference between ensuring you lift and handle heavy boxes correctly and being aware of the signs and risks of modern slavery in the workplace, for example.

What if we said you could easily update your compliance content and deploy it to your entire workforce immediately?

We believe issuing risk assessments and SOPs should be simple which is why we’ve created a quick and easy process. Remotely updating one system with easy access for all those who need to digest it and instantly communicating the new policy change ensures compliance. You can even create bespoke assessments to ensure a thorough understanding.

When it comes to compliance training, there are easy steps that HR or Learning & Development teams can take to ensure it is accessible and relevant for the work force. Uploading the new documents to our portal takes seconds, followed by deciding where you want the new policy to apply through simply selecting the relevant sites.  Staff then receive a message informing them that they need to complete the training and assessment.  You can view reports on compliance in real time across all devices.

Compliance is an emotive topic but one that should never be viewed as a tick box exercise. With the right approach, it can be used to motivate and engage an entire workforce.

The Skills Crisis

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Growing chasm between the skills of the workforce and the needs of businesses.

Across the globe, there is a growing chasm between the skills of the workforce and the needs of businesses. The rapid shift to a ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ isn’t being met with life-long training and investment in individuals’ learning needs for them to develop the skills needed to support our evolution to a more automated and technical workforce.

If skills development doesn’t catch up with the rate of technological change, Accenture estimate that the G20 economies could lose up to $11.5tn in cumulative GDP growth in the next decade. In a recent McKinsey Global Survey, 87% of executives said they were experiencing skills gaps in the workforce or expected them within a few years.

According to the Chartered Institute of Professional Development, the UK suffers from poor basic skills due weakness in the vocational education system and low investment in workplace training. In addition, The Open University reports that 91% of organisations in the UK struggle to find people with the right skills.

An urgent focus on improving how skills are developed and deployed is at the heart of addressing the UK’s high proportion of low-skilled and low-paid jobs.

Sectors such as the Waste & Recycling industry recognise the need to shift focus to a more holistic skills strategy and a circular economy to deliver new environmental policies.  The 2021 Presidential Report from the CIWM highlights the need for focus on communications and behaviour change, systems thinking, soft skills, data and information technology, circular economy and reuse and repair.

An urgent focus on improving how skills are developed and deployed is at the heart of addressing the UK’s high proportion of low-skilled and low-paid jobs.

A broader report from the World Economic Forum (WEF): Future of Jobs Report in 2020 highlights that soft skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving topped the list of skills employers believe will grow in prominence from 2020-2025. In addition, newly emerging soft skills in self-management such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility are coming to the fore and seen increasingly beneficial for the workforce of today.

Skills training must be accessible, inclusive, and proven to remove barriers, not only into work but to positively contributing to society. According to the same WEF report, 70% of employers expect to offer reskilling or upskilling by 2025, however only 42% of employees take up employer supported opportunities.

The world of work is changing. We know that industries and businesses in the UK need to provide a greater skillset to a higher proportion of their workforce for both to thrive.

We believe that engaging, bite-size eLearning content, specifically aimed to provide the skills needed for the underserved blue-collar workforce of today to support the needs of organisations tomorrow, is a great starting point. We are on a mission to arm an entire workforce with the skills needed to help businesses succeed and see individuals thrive.