By Kieran King
“Scrap learning” is the L&D professional’s sworn enemy: it’s the learning that is delivered to the learner but not applied to the job. It represents a waste of effort, time and money, and learning professionals everywhere are looking for ways to reduce or even eliminate scrap learning, as much as possible.
This is a topic that I’ve been thinking about a lot since we conducted a scientific survey of SkillSoft learners and their perceptions with the learning measurement company, KnowledgeAdvisors. One of the results that jumped off the page was that SkillSoft learners applied their learning 86% of the time. That’s a 14% scrap learning rate—amazingly low compared to industry averages of 50 to 80 percent.
In my role as SkillSoft’s Director of Customer Loyalty I have had the privilege of travelling around the world, meeting with SkillSoft customers and talking to them about their toughest learning challenges. Scrap learning is definitely one near the top of the list. Especially in today’s tight budget environments, where every investment is scrutinized, we need to be absolutely sure that we’re delivering learning that is actually having the desired business impact.
That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited to be able to bring some of the ideas I’ve discovered to a wider audience. Please join me for an hour-long webinar on Tuesday, August 30, at 11 am EST: Maximizing the ROI of Learning: Five Techniques to Reduce “Scrap Learning.” You’ll come away with a better understanding of what scrap learning is, and some actionable ideas on how to drive it out of existence.
Register today and join me in the fight to stamp out scrap learning!
To learn more about scrap learning download the complete research study, How SkillSoft Impacts the Performance of Individuals and Organizations.