To make the best use of digital bootcamps for skilling and workforce development in your enterprise, it’s important to use the right tools to understand what skills you need to focus on and whom in your workforce you should target for skill development.
Tip #1: Pre-assessment of the Organization’s Needs and Skills Gaps
Before embarking on an enterprise program for reskilling and upskilling with digital bootcamps, you need to assess your organization’s current and future skills requirements, taking into account your organization’s plans for adopting new technologies and new business models. You should carry this assessment down to the department level to determine where skills are used and where there are gaps between what skills are (and will be) needed and what skills are available. Your bootcamp provider will be able to give you insights into the technologies and job roles emerging in your industry.
Tip #2: Skill Assessments for the Members of Your Workforce
As part of the assessment of your skills gaps, your organization should work with the bootcamp provider to assess the existing skills inventory of your workforce at the aggregate level and at the individual level. The assessment should look both at the skills your employees use in their current positions and the skills they possess but aren’t currently using at work. This latter aspect can help you find opportunities to offer employees reassignments that let them use their hidden skills to the best advantage of both themselves and your organization.
Tip #3: In-Course Progress Monitoring
To be effective, your digital bootcamp provider should include ongoing learner monitoring for both engagement and progress. The learning platform should track the progress of learners through each phase of courses and each course of role-aligned learning paths. The platform should provide automated and human interventions to prompt the learners to keep pace with the course schedule for timely completion.
The monitoring function should also track how well the learner is progressing in skills acquisition. If a learner is struggling to demonstrate mastery of the material and the skills in the course, the system should suggest interventions that help the learner get back on track.
Tip #4: Automated Evaluation of Tests, Labs, and Projects:
The learning platform should use automation, including AI and machine learning, to evaluate and grade quizzes, tests, labs, and projects. In some instances, the automated evaluation provides a score to judge the learner’s performance. In other instances, the automated evaluation provides information for decision support to let the instructor or teaching assistant make a rapid and well-informed decision about the learner’s demonstration of understanding and skill proficiency.
Tip #5: Skill Certification Tracking
The digital bootcamp platform’s administrative tools should include tracking the actual issuance of certifications to learners. Some certifications may be issued by the bootcamp provider directly, while others will require testing by industry bodies or technology providers. Tracking certifications gives you a record of the satisfactory completion of the training and also provides the information you need to keep your organizational skills inventory up to date.
Tip #6: Role-Aligned Learning Path Progress Tracking
For learners enrolled in multi-course role-aligned learning paths, the bootcamp learning platform should track progress through all of the courses in the learning path. The platform should report both the completion of each course in the path and the overall completion of the aggregate requirements for successful completion of the total learning path. Your organization should have the information it needs to determine which employees have the full skill sets for their assigned roles, which skills they need to fill out their current roles, and what skill foundation they have for future roles that your organization needs.
Tip #7: Alignment With Specific Organizational Needs
Your digital bootcamp provider should be able to match the labs and projects in its curriculum to your organization’s specific needs. A good example is the capstone project of a role-aligned learning path. The capstone project asks the learner to apply all of the skills from the learning path into an industry-aligned project that simulates a real on-the-job challenge. Your bootcamp provider should be able to work with you to use project specifications that directly relate to your business, so you can assess the employee’s skills against the requirements of your business.
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A well-designed digital bootcamp program with these assessment tools will provide you maximum effectiveness. Your learners will achieve high course completion rates and high levels of proficiency in skills you want them to have. Your organization will fill its current and emerging skills gaps quickly and efficiently.
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