How Competency-based Learning can help in Learning and Development

Most talent management functions use a competency-based framework to manage and nurture talent within their organization. When used effectively, competency mapping can be a powerful framework to build skills and capabilities. Recent research has found that most senior executives see re-skilling their workforce as a key Learning and Development strategy for the next decade. 

Let us explore what it means to build a competency-based learning culture by understanding some of the nuances of a competency mapping framework.

What are Competencies?

Before we talk about competency mapping, we need to understand what exactly competencies are. Simply put, each person has many strengths and weaknesses, behaviors, traits, and skills that they bring to the table. These are Competencies.

Everyone’s competencies are measurable at different levels. This is important to understand because only when you compare each individual’s competencies, will you know how they will perform when a task is given to them. You have to remember that along with knowledge, they also need to possess the skills for the job.

What is Competency Mapping?

Competency Mapping is an important process that is used to identify an individual’s competencies. The aim of doing this is to help each person understand himself or herself and learn where they need to improve so that they can advance in their careers. These competencies are then used to build a framework that serves as a model for customized Learning and Development.

What is Competency-based Learning?

Now that you have a basic understanding of what competencies are, along with competency mapping, let’s learn about Competency-based Learning.

Competency-based learning is a learning method that helps learners move from one learning level to another. It is based on how they demonstrate acquired knowledge rather than on how much time they spend on specific courses relating to a subject. By incorporating it into microlearning, a learner can retain knowledge and master the necessary skills to take on a task at his or her own pace as they advance in their learning levels.

This kind of learning also helps the learner to apply their acquired knowledge in practical situations besides theoretical ones.

Impact of Competency-based learning strategies on Learning and Development

When used by the Learning and Development team, a competency mapping-based framework can help to crystallize a learning strategy for a future-ready workforce. Clear role-based learning plans are created which gives the learner a clear pathway to understanding skills needed for them to succeed in his or her job. Measuring the outcome of the Learning and Development strategy also becomes easier as the skills being trained have a clear learning outcome.

How is HandyTrain using Competency-based learning?

At HandyTrain, we use the competency mapping framework and have conceptualized and implemented a feature called Skill Mapping. Skill Mapping helps organizations understand the demand for the skill within the workforce and the microlearning program’s effectiveness against the skill. The powerful reporting engine within the microlearning app will help managers to track this skill progress in real-time and can revise microlearning plans based on the feedback.

To learn more about Competency-based learning and Skill Mapping on HandyTrain, email us at [email protected] or click here to book a demo.