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Why is global learning important in 2017?

Something caught my eye in the news recently. With HSBC Chairman Douglas Flint confirming his organisation may relocate up to 1,000 bankers to France in an effort to maintain banking ties with the common market, I wondered:

“How will this affect their learning and development?”Man _Globe (1)

Not only will these 1,000 people need to rapidly familiarise themselves with the regulatory framework of French banking, but having worked in Britain for years, they may learn differently to their French counterparts. Accordingly, HSBC and other large organisations must create learning solutions for a variety of learning cultures, even when the subject (the French banking system) remains the same!

In fact, as more and more companies operate in global markets, delivering learning to global audiences is becoming a more widespread challenge. As Kerry Pascall noted in our global learning whitepaper:

“The main effort to create global relevancy in learning (or indeed any globalised training) should go into ensuring the key messages and learning objectives are consistently and clearly presented to assure the required level of competency is achieved throughout the organisation.”

Download the Delivering Learning to Global Audiences Whitepaper

This type of consistency can be challenging when learners want to control their own learning experience, but blending your learning solutions can provide the key. This not only means facilitating independent learning, but also delivering a range of resources to achieve objectives lessons as efficiently as possible. In short, it’s clear that blended learning is crucial in deploying learning that will train a global audience effectively.

With tomorrow also marking the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington DC, many analysts are predicting a prolonged period of global economic uncertainty, meaning that transnational companies may need to adapt to rapid market changes. Once again, this places a burden on L&D to deliver global solutions.

By understanding the challenges of delivering learning to global audiences, learning and development professionals maximise their international learners’ potential, ensure similar standards of training for all of their people, and can effectively handle HSBC-style upheaval.

Access our free whitepaper, ‘Delivering learning to global audiences’.


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