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April 25, 2018

The War For Talent: Are You Hiring Future Leaders?

Of course, all companies like to think there’s leadership potential in every hire. But sometimes there’s no program in place to refine those leadership qualities, and the opportunity to build an impressive talent pool is soon lost. However, more and more companies are investing in leadership programs, making it much easier to cultivate successful leaders.

Offering apprenticeship programs, like MIAD’s Designship, is becoming a global trend among companies because they’re tailored to instill leadership qualities from the start by creating learning environments where people actually want to show up to work.

Attracting the Right Talent

Not all job candidates will come with the soft skillset you’re looking for. In fact, most won’t. That’s why it’s important to foster an environment where new talent can learn how to learn. Apprenticeship programs are a wise investment as they can serve as an important teaching tool that’s specifically tailored for your company.

According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Learning Report, companies identified ‘training for soft skills’ as the number-one priority for talent development. In turn, 94 percent of employees said that they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development.

Training for the Future

If you’re looking for future leaders, put in the work up front. It’s unrealistic to expect a natural evolution from employee to leader without any sort of training or guidance on the company’s part. Very rarely will a new employee come in with extensive knowledge of your long-term vision and workplace strategies. An apprenticeship will not only prep employees to handle their current job description, it will empower them with the specific knowledge they need to successfully step into a leadership role down the line.

Creating a Positive Employee Experience

A happy workplace is a productive workplace. Don’t just take our word for it. A recent study found that happiness led to a 12 percent spike in productivity. That’s why companies are working to increase happiness and well-being with apprenticeship programs that instill value and trust in their employees. In turn, employees will work with more passion, naturally driving them to take on leadership roles that will benefit the company for years to come.

If there’s one takeaway, it’s that great leaders consist of equal parts technical skills and soft skills. An apprenticeship can assist in teaching both.