Top tips for implementing a digital skills gap analysis

Written on: 22 August 2019

Written by: Amanda McCombie

Topic

[employers]

A digital skills gap is the difference between skills that your business needs and the skills your workforce offer. Conducting a skills gap analysis helps you identify the skills you need to meet your business goals and it can also help shape your training and recruitment activity.

When you’re looking to implement a skills gap analysis, there are certain steps you need to consider:

Step 1: Plan your approach

You can perform an analysis on two different levels to get varying results.

Individually: You can identify the skills a certain job or task requires and compare them to an employee’s actual skill level, taking into consideration their strengths and weaknesses.

Team: You can look at the range of skills currently present in your team and compare this to the skills required to complete a task or project.

Step 2: Identify the important skills you really need

Before you can identify the skills gap in your business, it is important for you to ask yourself the following:

  • What skills do you value as a company?
  • What skills do your teams need to do their jobs well now and in the future?

Consider your company’s values, your USP and where you want to go in the near and distant future. Think of the new skills your company might need in the coming years. You could also ask team members what skills they think are missing, both from themselves and form the wider team. Their opinions could prove to be an invaluable resource and involving them can help them feel that they’re a contributing factor to your company’s growth.

Step 3: Measure your current skills

It is important to understand as a business, the level of skill you are working with now, to really understand where you may be lacking or to determine the path you take when advancing. There are lots of ways you can measure current skill levels, these include:

  • Surveys and assessments
  • Interviews with employees
  • Feedback from performance reviews and 1-2-1’s

Step 4: Use the information you have gathered

When you have analysed the information you have gathered, you can then start to look for ways to enhance the level of skills in your teams.  When it comes to bridging a skills gap, there are two obvious ways to introduce new skills into your team, either training your existing staff or recruiting people with the skills you need.

But what if we told you there was a third, more cost-effective and beneficial alternative?

Recruiting an apprentice to expand your team could be the perfect choice for you and your business. They are eager to learn and can be moulded to fit the gaps in your existing team.

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