Today, rapid developments in management techniques and keen market competition make it essential to keep upgrading employee skills. Career-long vocational training has become vital in order to meet constantly changing challenges. We met with Benjamin Beeckmans, Director of Company Specific Programs (CSPs), to find out more about what this training has to offer.
CSPs, which have been around for about ten years at the SBS-EM, are constantly reworked according to the particular needs of each company and the latest advances in terms of academic research. Based on dynamic learning techniques, these programs are tailor made to meet the expectations of each company and constantly improved by incorporating feedback from those taking part. “The SBS-EM offers a made-to-measure response to specific requirements by determining strategic training plans together with the company”, Mr Beeckmans explains.
This tailor-made content design is the philosophy at the heart of this training, which offers companies support in meeting the management challenges facing them. The aim is to enable participants to acquire or develop knowledge and skills based on their professional practice and then to apply these new concepts and tools in their daily activity. “The determination to root this training in a specific reality is a fundamental priority”, Benjamin Beeckmans points out.
Tailor-made corporate training
When taking part in CSPs, participants are divided into groups that will encourage interaction and exchange between them but without losing the proximity connection with their trainers. Individual coaching is also delivered in order to assess the knowledge of the individuals receiving training at the start of the course and thus measure their progress on completion of the course. Training begins upstream via media designed to improve the entry level and continues after the end of the course with online content access. Lasting from one to ten days and arranged in blocks of a few days at a time, training is compatible with participants pursuing their professional activity.
ADAPTING EMPLOYEE SKILLS IS A KEY FACTOR
Responding to needs
Such training plays a crucial role in the internal mobility of employees, whether by helping develop their core knowledge or by offering them the opportunity to acquire transversal knowledge. Taking on additional responsibility may, for example, require them learning many disciplines such as finance, marketing or human resources. “Lifelong learning is one of the main challenges facing companies”, explains Benjamin Beeckmans who believes that “adapting employee skills is a key factor”. As well as facilitating employee mobility to higher hierarchical positions, receiving training helps employees respond to new management methods in a more flexible way. Indeed, employees are increasingly called upon to manage transversal projects that require the acquisition of a broader knowledge base. Identifying these new needs properly has become vital.