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Two Learning Solutions That Build on Employees’ Individual Strengths

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Prior learning assessments and individualized learning plans are proven adult learning methods that focus on the learner’s needs, value their experience, and encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning.  These proven approaches work equally well in academic and workplace learning settings. Prior …

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Job Redesign: A Fundamental Element of the Organizational Change

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What is the purpose of job redesign? Job redesign tailors employee positions to an organization’s current functions and needs.  During times of change, job redesign ensures that organizational needs are filled by proficient employees.  Job redesign can involve something as …

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Competency-based Learning Is Making Waves in Education

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One of my favourite online tools is Google Alerts, which automatically notifies a user when new web content matching the user’s preselected search terms has been posted.  I have been receiving Google Alerts for the search terms “competency-based training” and …

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On-the-job Training: Training Solutions to Improve Performance without Impacting Production

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On-the-job training is widely known as the most effective training solution for vocational work, and this is for good reason!  On-the-job training happens within the workplace and involves the actual tools, equipment, documents, and/or materials required for the job.  Unlike …

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Knowledge Transfer: Critical Strategy for Public Sector Retirements

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The term “baby boomers” refers to people who were born between the years 1947 and 1966. In Canada, this demographic group makes up an amazing two-thirds of the public sector workforce. A Canadian public sector employee can retire at 55 …

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What is Succession Planning Anyway?

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In a world of tentative financial markets, mass retirements, labour shortages, and government cuts, succession planning has quickly become a buzz word in many industries. Even if you are familiar with this term, you may still have some questions about …

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Why Competency-based Training is Better than other Methods

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I was first introduced to competency-based training several years ago. Through my personal experience as a designer and manager of a competency-based training, I have seen firsthand how competency-based training is the preferred method for skills development in the workplace. People …

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Competency Analysis Worked for Ford. Why Reinvent the Wheel?

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History has the potential to teach many invaluable lessons. The problem is that sometimes these lessons are lost in time or fail to be apparent; sometimes we must read between the lines to find the lesson. I’d like to shed …

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7 Awesome Reasons Why Business Needs Competency-Based Training

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I had my first introduction to competency-based training in the late 80s when I started a competency-based internship program. After many years of working with competency-based training in many sectors and industries, I am more convinced than ever that this …

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4 Reasons Why Your Staff Training May Not Work

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Staff training is an expensive investment. You know your employees need to be well trained to perform the responsibilities that make your organization a success. However, many executives question the value of training because it may not result in improved …

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