How to Bring Continuing Education into Your Workplace
Written By: Steven Jellinek
Just because you’ve finished school and are working a full-time job doesn’t mean that you should stop developing new skills. In fact, continuing education is even more important in order to keep up with constantly changing workplace technologies and practices. Therefore, adult education in the workplace is a key component of future success for today’s employers and employees.
Thankfully, there are a range of methods out there for supporting continuing education in the workplace. One popular method is to provide benefits to employees in the form of tuition reimbursement. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 61 percent of employers offer some form of tuition assistance benefit to employees. Notable among these companies are United Technologies and Starbucks; both companies offer programs that pay college tuition costs for employees.
A second approach to implementing continuing education in the workplace is to provide training to employees in a particular skill or technology solution. For example Twitter has launched a program designed to train participating employees in programming and software engineering skills. There are also services like Udacity’s Nanodegrees, which provide credentialed programs in such skills as Programming, Data Analysis, and Web Development.
Nintex, a pioneer in the Microsoft SharePoint add-on space, also offers Nintex Certificates that demonstrate an employee’s proficiency with Nintex systems. A Nintex partner or customer seeking certification can opt to take one or more of three multiple choice tests on Nintex’s Workflow Pro, Workflow Admin, and Drawloop Documentation services.
These certification exams supplement adult education courses provided through Nintex partners. These training providers offer instruction in two of Nintex’s Microsoft SharePoint add-ons designed to easily create automated workflows, Nintex Workflow and Nintex Forms. Together, these add-ons allow users to create workflows, create forms for both web- and mobile-based platforms, and respond to any issues in real-time without using code. The purpose of this training is to utilize continuing education to enhance the abilities of the employees, and at the same time the business as a whole, in using new technologies that facilitate productivity.
Obtaining knowledge and adapting to technological change is always a valuable goal, regardless of age. However, for today’s businesses such continuing education can be beneficial to success. Thankfully, there are many solutions out there for companies trying to integrate continuing education into their workplace.
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