Global Soft Skills Set to Explode According to Study


The soft skills global training market is set to explode, according to a recent study.


The survey looks at the present scene as well as growing prospects for the soft skills global training market, inclusive of years 2016 thru 2020. The survey divides the market up according to end-users as either corporate or academic.


There are four main areas where soft skills worldwide training markets are showing significant expansion:


Collaborative learning techniques

Institutions of higher learning are putting much stronger emphasis on a collaborative learning regime that becomes accelerated because of the availability of recent learning modules that incorporate e-learning parameters. This enables students to increase their multi-discipline skillsets in both soft skill and hard skill areas. Vendors of soft skill training can work with educators to execute and develop a variety of disciplined soft skill training modules, as well as facilitate expedients where students execute and develop structured skill training session, which in turn improves students’ ability to explore critical thinking skills.


Dr. Ianthe Dugan, a leading specialist in adolescent learning patterns, says “Soft skill training for youth should involve a fairly heavy amount of modern technology, because this is what they will be expected to deal with in the real working world. Not just games, but interactive technology for communication and specialized software for analysis and marketing.”


Training methods are digitized

The dramatic market change when it comes to technology in use for content creation and delivery methods, as well as correlation between learners and trainers is intensifying. And of course with the ever growing presence of the Internet the need for online training methodology to improve and keep relevant is enormous. Smartphones, tablets, and iPads are now the preferred online learning tools for a majority of corporate training — and the academic world is not far behind. A recent study in the Journal of Higher Education reports that a majority of students now download their textbooks on mobile devices, and that more and more professors are downloading lectures and even lecture notes for students to read over prior to midterms. And corporate technology now allows employees to be trained directly online with virtual live training.


Corporate spending is increasing on digital training

The growing internet penetration rate has not gone unnoticed by Corporate America. Even smaller companies are getting on the bandwagon and spending more money than ever before on soft skill training. The global outlook is the same. Corporate Business International Magazine writer William Fassbinder reports: “Where major corporations were content to limit their spending for soft skill training to a mere one percent of the corporate gross in previous years, today’s emerging cyber technology demands that companies expand their training in the soft skills to include major slices of communication and even programming for lower echelon employees. Any other course of action will leave them eating the dust of their competitors.”


Skill development speed

In the bad old days of corporate training and management it was thought best to let embryo management learn “from the bottom up”, which could take months or even years to do. With today’s fast-track competition and ever-more-complicated technology, that just isn’t possible. Employees have to get their soft skill training on the run, catch as catch can. Globalization means that soft skill training must be immediate and collaborative and effective within days of implementation. With the new learning technology tools at hand, even smaller businesses are able to bring the world’s best soft skill training programs to their employees at a reasonable price. New employee orientation practices have benefited greatly from this, cutting down the learning curve to practically a straight line.