Leveraging Academies as Your New Go-to Skill-Building Tool
Let’s face it, leaders aren’t getting more time in the day, and skill gaps are growing—fast. The solution isn’t giving up control or hiring externally. Instead, optimize workforce learning to make quick and thorough skill building an inevitable outcome.
How? Daily micro-learning content alone isn’t enough to combat the rapid pace of widening skill gaps. People don’t become marathon runners by reading about it; the same is true for any skill. Your employees need deeper opportunities to learn beyond content consumption and to build skills on your schedule. And this upskilling method doesn’t have to be time-consuming or burdensome for administrators. That’s where technology comes into play—learning solutions like academies can help.
Join Christine Crouch, director of the future of work at BMO, and Jen Collins, senior director of client experience – Academies at Degreed, to uncover the ins and outs of this innovative solution.
You’ll explore how academies can:
Jen Collins is a learning strategist, consultant, speaker, and facilitator with a passion for talent development, in particular, skill-specific learning programs and academies. She has consulted and facilitated learning experiences on a variety of topics for all levels of employees across B2B and B2C businesses, drawing on her combined experience in L&D and marketing to understand learner motivations and drive engagement. Jen has over 20 years of Marketing and Business Management experience, with a focus on talent development for the past five years.
She lives at the Lake of the Ozarks and outside of work, Jen volunteers as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Fire Fighter for her local fire department.
Christine works with business leaders and HR partners across the enterprise to establish and advance a multiyear skills strategy that will help guide how we equip and mobilize employees to meet the challenges of today, support employees in actively developing and preparing for the future, and drive upskilling and reskilling priorities to support business needs.
During her career, Christine has moved between HR and business roles, working across HR program delivery and change management; personal banking branch management; payments, products, and partnerships; and learning and development. She holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Dalhousie University, specializing in change strategy and human resource management.
We see that academies is this opportunity to have cohorted and collaborative learning where there is genuine connection with peers and leaders.