Training for competencies or merely for skills? A no-brainer, really

Learning is an important part of any business and selecting the proper tools as well as designing realistic and measurable learning paths is paramount in growing and engaging the workforce.

When sales people go to HR managers to pitch a particular training program, whether it is face to face or online, they will present it in the best possible light. Employees will learn more and easier than ever before, returns on investment will go through the roof and engagement will surely plummet. The training units will definitely add greatly to employee skills, abilities, competencies, expertise, proficiency and pretty much everything else in that particular semantic area.

Of course that sounds unrealistic and a little too good to be true; because vocabulary aside, you can train your employees for skills OR for competencies. They are not the same thing and their value is not equal in the workplace. Here’s why.

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