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June 14th, 2021 · 6 min read

Why employee education should be a priority for every business leader

Written by: Rocio Alvarez

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Employee education benefits

Advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace

Attract and retain talent 

Elevate business agility

The difference between employee education and training


Types of employee education programs

  • In a mentorship program, junior employees pursuing a specific career path are paired with an upper-level team member to receive specific guidance and advice that help them advance their careers at the company. This one-on-one type of employee education offers the benefits of developing soft skills, instilling cultural values and allows the individual to form meaningful professional relationships with their colleagues.
  • Certification programs. Performed within your workplace or at another organization, workplace-supported certification programs allow your employees to stay up-to-date on industry changes and help them gain skills relevant to their field. Certification programs are especially important for workers in fields that require continuous education, such as nursing or IT.
  • Training is a broad concept that can take many different forms. From onboarding to diversity, equity and inclusion training, there are countless options you can offer employees to quickly get them up-to-speed on a particular topic or process related to their position at your company. For certain fields, this can also refer to on-the-job training that exposes employees to real-world situations and prepares them for how to handle them.
  • Tuition reimbursement programs. In an employee tuition reimbursement program, the employer refunds all or part of a worker’s educational expenses. Workers are usually given a set of stipulations that specify a timeframe and different types of eligible academic programs. This allows employees to earn advanced degrees, credentials or certifications while working full-time.

Employee education as a strategic business initiative

You can address talent development challenges