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Infographic: Workforce education trends — The new, unexpected and the need to know

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The world of workforce education is changing — fast. And it can be a challenge to stay aware of this rapidly shifting landscape. 

That’s why it’s critical to stay on top of the latest trends in employee learning and education. Being knowledgeable about these happenings gives you powerful insight into how you can better your own workforce education strategy and prepare your organization for the unexpected.

In partnership with Bain & Company, InStride surveyed top human resources and learning and development executives at leading enterprise companies to uncover the latest in workforce education. Additionally, we interviewed corporate leaders, academic partners and skill providers to take a closer look at the challenges facing both businesses and academic institutions.

Based on this research, here’s a brief snapshot of the key trends shaping workforce education that leaders need to know. 

  • Leadership development is more important than ever: While there’s been much recent coverage and chatter about upskilling, the top challenge identified by organizations is leadership development.
  • Soft skills are on the rise: Both hard and soft skills matter, but the perception of the importance of soft skills has risen to the top. 
  • Online education continues to increase its reach: The flexibility and support that online education delivers continues to provide more opportunities for adult learners.


For more insight into these trends, check out the full infographic below or download it today.

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Ready to unlock more employee education insights? Learn what your employees expect out of a workforce education program in our report, What to know about the workforce education journey.