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Building a Workplace Skills Development Plan

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

Workplace Skills Development Plan

A Workplace Skills Development Plan is designed to ensure the opportunity for professional development. With Workplace Skills Development, an employer and its employees engage in a mutually beneficial relationship. Ideally, the plan should offer direction on career growth along with training and development opportunities.

A good Workplace Skills Plan helps fill your talent pipeline full while enhancing your employee retention strategy. Through the plan, your employees will identify opportunities and set a clear direction how they can best enhance their skills and keep their careers moving forward. And with an increased skill set, your employees will have more tools to help your company compete more effectively.

Five Steps to Building an Effective Workplace Skills Development Plan

The key to effectively implementing a Workplace Skills Development plan is in defining a mission for your organization that motivates your employees and encourages their participation in this growth plan. Motivating your staff to participate in the ownership of this plan will go a long way toward its success.

Some of the steps to consider in the development of your plan should include:

A Review of Your Business Goals

The objectives you set for your employees must fully align with the goals and vision of your company. Revisit both your long and short-term business objectives, then define the skills and knowledge that will be required to support those objectives.

Consult Your Employees

Talk to your employees to gain a clear understanding of their career aspirations. Meeting the needs of your employees through your plan can help to maximize retention rates while increasing the value of your staff. Making your employees part of this process will make them feel appreciated.

Determine the Skills Your Employees Must Have

After you have reviewed your employees' current abilities and experience in comparison to your company needs, you will be able to determine the gap you must address. The goals for your employees need to be specific in both objective and time frame for achievement. Goals that are vague are difficult to measure.

Build Your Action Plan

Once you have developed your objectives and time frames, you can start to piece together a plan for achievement. The components of your program can include some combination of employee training, knowledge sharing, and mentoring. The key is that all of these activities work together in achieving the objective.

Measure Your Results

The only way to know if you are on track in meeting your plan objectives is through the frequent measurement of progress against your defined objectives and time frames. Through measurement, you might find that the goals you have set were difficult and unattainable, or perhaps they were too easy and not ambitious enough. Either way, measuring your results will allow you to adjust, if necessary.

eLearning to Support Your Workplace Skills Development Plan

In recent years, as online technologies have continued to evolve, eLearning has emerged as one of the cornerstones to support a Workplace Skills Development Plan.

If you are considering eLearning as a component of your plan, some of the benefits you can expect include:


eLearning is a cost-effective approach to in-person, classroom-based training as it reduces or even eliminates many major expenses, such as travel, venue fees, catering, instructor fees, and the distribution of printed training materials. And with eLearning, there is no lost productivity costs as your employees are able to conduct their training activities after hours.


Unlike classroom-based training, eLearning allows your workers to accomplish their training activities at any time and from any place that is convenient for them. All that is required is Internet connectivity.


While classroom-based training tends to run at a pace set by the instructor, often to accommodate the fastest learners, eLearning allows users to revisit materials as many times as they need to in order to make sure they have good comprehension before moving on to the next section.

Measured Progress

Most eLearning platforms provide tools for the collection and analysis of user data. This information can be extremely valuable as you look to revise and improve your plan over time.

LMS Portals for Your Workplace Skills Development Plan

LMS Portals provides a powerful, cloud-based eLearning platform to support a corporate Workplace Skills Development Plan. Using our system, you are able to build and deploy your own eLearning portal to drive and measure your training programs and activities.

Contact us to schedule a demonstration of the LMS Portals technology

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