Updated: Mar 25
Like most regions in the global economy, UK-based businesses have undergone a shift in how they develop and deliver corporate training programs over the past few years.
The introduction of powerful new, SaaS-based technologies, combined with increasingly remote workforces have led to a decrease in classroom-based, in-person training, in favor of online learning (eLearning).
To summarize, some of the recent corporate training trends for UK-based businesses include the following:
With the rise of technology and the COVID-19 pandemic, digital learning has become increasingly popular in the UK. Online training courses, eLearning platforms, and virtual classrooms are all becoming more common.
Tailored training programs that are designed to meet the specific needs of individual employees are becoming more common. This trend is driven by the recognition that different employees have different learning styles, preferences and needs.
Soft Skills Development
Companies are focusing more on the development of soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, and leadership, to ensure their employees have the skills they need to work effectively in a collaborative and diverse workplace.
This is a form of learning that breaks down complex topics into small, digestible chunks that can be completed quickly. It is becoming popular in the UK as it allows employees to learn at their own pace and fit training into their busy schedules.
Gamification is the use of game mechanics, such as rewards and badges, to engage employees and make learning more fun. This trend is becoming more popular in the UK as companies recognize the potential for increased engagement and motivation among employees.
This is a combination of different learning methods, such as classroom training, online learning, and on-the-job training. Blended learning allows companies to create a more flexible and effective training program that can be tailored to the needs of their employees.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Training
Companies are increasingly recognizing the importance of DEI training to create a more inclusive workplace. This training focuses on educating employees about unconscious bias, cultural awareness, and other DEI-related topics.
Corporate Training Requirements in the UK
In the UK, there are a few legal requirements for corporate training that companies must comply with.
Here are some of the key requirements:
Health and Safety Training
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 requires all employers to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees at work. This includes providing health and safety training to employees to help them identify and manage workplace hazards.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires companies to ensure their employees understand the importance of data protection and their responsibilities for safeguarding personal data. Therefore, companies are required to provide GDPR training to their employees.
Anti-bribery and Corruption Training
The UK Bribery Act 2010 requires companies to have adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery and corruption. This includes providing anti-bribery and corruption training to employees.
Equality and Diversity Training
The Equality Act 2010 requires companies to ensure that their employees do not discriminate against others based on protected characteristics such as age, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Therefore, companies are required to provide equality and diversity training to their employees.
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Training
Companies that are regulated by the FCA must ensure that their employees have the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out their roles effectively and in compliance with FCA rules. Therefore, they are required to provide FCA training to their employees.
Some industries have specific training requirements that companies must comply with, such as healthcare and finance.
About LMS Portals
At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch a dedicated training environment (a portal) for each of your unique audiences.
The system includes an embedded course authoring tool that enables most anyone to build engaging courses quickly and easily.
We offer a complete library of ready-made corporate training courses. So you can build your own courses, utilize our off-the-shelf library, or some combination of the two.
If you choose to, you can create Learning Paths to deliver courses in a logical progression and add structure to your training program. The system also supports Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and provides tools for online coaching and social learning.
Together, these platform capabilities provide our UK-based clients and partners with a powerful solution for online corporate training.