- Randstad RiseSmart launched Randstad RiseSmart University (RSU), a "comprehensive training, development and certification platform" for its talent teams that span more than 80 countries, the company announced Feb. 13.
- RSU is designed to support the company's disparate workforce, providing certification programs, specialty trainings and various professional courses as well as access to a "learning library" that houses assessments, videos and workbooks.
- "RSU gives us the unique ability to mobilize uniformly trained teams to meet customer needs on short notice and provide consistent experiences and outcomes around the world," Dan Davenport, president and general manager of Randstad RiseSmart, said in a statement.
As employers find new value in employee development, more are opting to modernize their programs to improve the agility of their organizations — even if they are spread across the world. Carnival introduced a remote learning tool to its ship employees in 2019 that included videos, instructor-led programming and podcasts, for example, enabled by tech that lets workers access the tool even without internet access.
Employee demand is driving some of these new adoptions; workers want training, and they want it personalized to their work experience and career aspirations. The ability to offer that, however, will require more than simply adopting new tools. Employers will have to build a culture of learning that enables workers to obtain the training they want when they want it.
They may have a long road to get there; only 27% of employees surveyed by Intrepid last year found their employers' L&D offerings to be "embedded in the organization, meaningful and useful." Employees thought that the most valuable and effective training is learning directly from others, followed closely by self-study in the same survey. In turn, employers have increased their spend on learning and development to meet rising demand.