Research – Digital Learning and Talent Survey 2018


Executive Summary

Once again It was an honor to host the leading HR and Talent development leaders from the best organisations in our region. The participation of our annual survey once again was tremendous. The clear topic winner this year was “Digital Transformation”. We spoke about the death of the L&D manager as we know it, and the need for us all to ensure we were up to speed with the ever-changing world of technology. It’s not always a natural thing for many HR and Training professionals but we must embrace the change and learn ourselves to become more agile and knowledgeable.

Overview of Survey

The survey consisted a total of 14 questions, 1 of which were posed around demographics and 13 questions are seen as part of the research in this report.

Demographics & Survey Results

The survey was completed by representatives of 75 large companies within different industries in the UAE. All participants were either Training and Learning Development Specialists or senior HR professionals. More than 70% of the participants stated that some form of Online-Learning was being used within their organisations.

Observations and Highlights

  • Around 47% of the organisations surveyed said their L&D budget for 2018 were the same as the previous year, while 11% said it significantly increased.
  • Over 55% said online learning had played a significant role in their L&D strategy as 34% said this to be on 50-50 basis.
  • 70% agreed that eLearning will exist in the next 5 years.
  • Around 72% participants had expressed that video based learning was either important or extremely important as a learning modality.
  • Only approximately 8% had deployed social networking for learning with 6% of those unable to correlate any success from this.

Survey Results 2017/18 : Click to download : Digital Learning and Talent Survey 2018

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Still running… still learning… 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

XpertLearning burst into 2018 with 8 members of the Dubai based team completing the 10K race at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon last Friday morning.  It is the sixth consecutive year that XpertLearning have sponsored a team at the event, which supports several initiatives, and underpins the company’s corporate social responsibility strategy.

Whether participating in the event as part of a January health kick or in a bid to break a PB, office comradery in the weeks leading up to the race fueled the motivation of the team to ensure all were prepared for race day!

This year saw both new and seasoned Xpert team runners taking to the 20,000+ strong start line which took in a route past the XpertLearning offices at Knowledge Park.  Paul Gledhill, Co-founder and Executive Director, who has completed the race several times before, commented ‘We are happy to be part of this race and are proud that every year our team is ready to take up the challenge with such enthusiasm.”

Rob Coulthard, Implementation Consultant, commented; “It was great to see runners of all ages, abilities and nationalities join together on a sunny Dubai morning for a very worthwhile cause’’, whilst new starter Fabian Pereira who joined the Sales team in December added; “This was my 1st time running a 10k – but it was a great experience.  The last 2 kms. were the toughest, but pushing through in those last moments taught me that the rewards are greater than the pain I had to endure. I’m already looking forward to the next one!’’.  Jimit, Accounts Executive, who also ran for the first time said, “My experience at the Dubai Marathon was very good. Seeing and competing among all age groups of runners was really motivating and helped me do my best”.

Katrina and Krish from our Sales and Support team, who have participated previously, were a source of motivation to the other team members. Katrina was pleased to be joined by more of the XpertLearning girls this year and said “It is always a great work out and I look forward to next year’s run!”  Whilst Krish added “for the last 4 years I’ve been part of XpertLearning’ s marathon team and this year we had a big team. All of us were excited – kudos to team XL!”

Well done and congratulations to all our participants who successfully completed the course….   What’s next for the XpertLearning team?  Watch this space to see what’s coming up next!

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