Survey: Employers should prepare workers for lifelong learning

More than half of respondents (56 percent) participating in a recent survey say they believe today’s employers are not adequately preparing workers with future-forward tech skills.

The survey, conducted by Researchscape for Coding Dojo, measures consumer attitudes about technology skills and offers insights into how employers can “upskill” the tech workforce and improve tech literacy.

The results come at a time when many colleges and universities have to prove their return on investment for students who are increasingly more eager to learn about cultivating skills and post-graduation career prospects than athletics programs or campus social life.

Many industry experts also predict that continued lifelong learning will be a key factor in a healthy future workforce. In fact, a new report from Jobs for the Future (JFF) and Pearson notes that a career path won’t have a single-job trajectory, but instead will require a lifetime of learning. Higher education will have to experience significant reform to create graduates equipped for such a workforce, the report’s authors claim.

Nearly all of those surveyed (90 percent) believe employers, and not individual workers, have the primary responsibility to improve their upskilling initiatives.

Fifty-seven percent of survey respondents don’t have any basic coding skills and 12 percent described themselves as “not at all” tech literate–struggling with basic tech like smartphones and social media.

The survey respondents also offer a few recommendations for how employers can improve their workers’ tech skills:

39 percent think employers should offer incentives to workers who are proactive and who enroll in coding bootcamps outside of work
36 percent think employers should facilitate more communication between tech and non-tech workers to encourage understanding
34 percent think employers should invest in upskilling for non-tech workers
33 percent think employers should host fun events that make tech learning fun–such as “code your own emoji” events
32 percent think employers should boost employees’ careers by equipping them with future-forward technology skills