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Addressing the Skills Gap by ASTD Public Policy Department

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THE ROLE OF THE LEARNING PROFESSIONAL

Organizations draw on many resources and use many processes to find, develop, deploy, and retain appropriately skilled employees. There is a growing trend to take a holistic approach to managing talent so that all of these processes work together to ensure an organization's ability to achieve strategic goals.

Faced with the reality of rapidly changing skill needs and the increasing shortages of skilled people in the labor pool, many organizations recognize that old ways of thinking about talent no longer apply. These days it is not enough to hire smart people and develop their knowledge and skills. It is not enough to have a succession plan just for the top tier of leaders. It is not enough to work with ...

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