UK workers and employers are turning to online work-based training as part of a strategy to tackle the skills shortage by upskilling, retraining and developing the workforce.
Analysis by Birmingham-based HIVE360 of the month-on-month trends in user downloads from its employee benefits app Engage, reveals an 86% increase in May in the number of workers using the Training platform.
David McCormack, CEO of HIVE360, an outsourced PAYE payroll, employee benefits and engagement company, says: “For the first time since records began, the number of job vacancies outweighs the number of people unemployed in the UK, according to recent reports from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
“Existing workforces are stretched, and their employers more reliant on their skills, expertise and productivity than ever before.
“Work-based online training is proving to be an effective solution to upskill workers.”
HIVE360 refreshed and increased the accredited workplace training courses available via Engage earlier this year, to deliver over 100 quality, accredited training courses including Health & Safety, HR compliance, Business compliance, Management, and a range of soft skills.
“We wanted to expand our support for employers grappling with the record-high skills shortages,” says David. “Employee engagement is central to staff retention strategies and widely acknowledged as a crucial factor in productivity. Workplace training and development is high on the agenda because it gives businesses the tools to support workers’ effectiveness and efficiency, and they need the best resources available whether for a team of permanent employees or a temporary workforce.”
McCormack believes the availability of a comprehensive portfolio of accessible and fully inclusive training supports staff retention: “56% of businesses believe work-based learning will be critical to long-term success according to the Open University Business Barometer 2021.
“A business that demonstrates it is serious about supporting workers’ training and development can only be a boost for candidate attraction, and give them an edge over the competition in the fast-paced and challenging recruitment landscape.
“Using the Engage My Training feature is easy and some of the courses can be completed in as little as 20 minutes,” he adds. “Via an easy-to-use video-based eLearning platform that offers an extensive library of accredited courses, it’s simple to get workplace Health & Safety and HR Compliance training sorted, and provide a fully accessible solution for the workforce.”
While Training tops Engage’s user numbers in terms of growth, the number of user downloads of mobile discounts was also up from April to May – by 80% – while health and fitness advice rose 35%, and shopping discounts by 17%.
“A supportive workforce culture with a wellbeing programme and employee benefits package also helps lower staff absences, increases morale, improves efficiency and productivity, boosts the employer brand, and enables employee recognition and financial support,” he adds.
“A customised digital mobile employee benefits and rewards package that is focused on employee engagement, benefits and rewards, is the ideal delivery method, and should include 24/7 confidential support of their physical, mental and financial health and wellbeing.”
HIVE360’s mobile employee pay and benefits app Engage is provided as standard to businesses that outsource payroll and employment administration to the company. It includes My Health, My Money, My Discounts, My Work and My Training features.