Learn, practice, validate: How to bring experiences into the skill-based organization

5 takeaways from the Skillable and Training Industry webinar.

In the race to become skill-based organizations (SBOs), we’re making historical investments in global training—$305B to be precise! Yet, many of our people still lack job-critical skills.

If you’re transforming your organization into an SBO or thinking about how to keep pace with current skill needs, the process is surprisingly simple: Learn, practice, validate. Get the insight—and maybe a boost of confidence—with these five takeaways from the Bringing Experiences into the SBO webinar we hosted with Training Industry.

90% of orgs

will be hindered by skill shortages, costing enterprises worldwide $6.5T by 2025.

“Skill-based organizations operate under a new model that puts skills at the center of talent and upskilling strategies"
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The Skills-Based Organization

1. People grow best by doing, not by viewing.

Numbers don’t lie, providing more content isn’t the only solution to growing skill proficiency. Learners who immersed themselves in environments tailored to their individual needs remembered 30% more data and scored 20% higher on tests.

2. Knowledge-centered learning is only part of the solution.

Knowledge alone doesn’t tell the whole story and can’t validate job readiness. This only happens through the additional practice and validation of applied skills. Hence, learn – practice – validate!

“Most skill efforts fail because organizations aren’t looking at outcomes.”
BHG Claude Werder
Claude Werder
Brandon Hall Group

3. The SBO requires high-fidelity skill intelligence.

More organizations are experimenting with skill-based approaches to plug skills gaps. Traditional solutions for identifying and validating skills, such as self-reviews and knowledge-based assessments, aren’t complete or accurate enough to operate on.


Performance-based learning experiences enable skill demonstration.

4. Inject experiences and safe practice environments into your training ecosystem.

You can move beyond knowledge acquisition and into job readiness by injecting hands-on application into skill journeys. It’s also what people are asking for: 67% of IT professionals want to practice what they’re learning in real-world applications. Plus, having a safe place for learners to demonstrate new skills also protects you from costly real-world mistakes and security risks. 

5. The most successful orgs are delivering high-touch, high-scale learning experiences.

Traditional knowledge-focused strategies look to shorter courses and more options as solutions when skill needs arise. But more isn’t the answer—the real solution is personalization. Fifty-seven percent of tech learners want training that meets them where they are and 59% want learning aligned to their job roles.

Effective training means moving beyond knowledge acquisition and incorporating highly relevant experiential learning.
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Everyone wins by adding experiences that demonstrate skill.

Tailored, experiential learning makes SBOs a reality because it breeds skill confidence and opportunity. Your workforce can future-proof their careers, managers can understand team capabilities, CHROs can shorten time to competency, CIOs can reduce system errors and CEOs can build long-term growth.

Learn more strategies by watching our on-demand webinar.

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