Barbara Assadi, Contributing Writer
According to a new Pew
Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, over a third of
American workers today are millennials (adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015).
year, millennials surpassed Generation X (those aged 35 to 50) to become the largest
share of the American workforce.
How does this increase in the number of millennials in the
workplace affect an organization’s training strategy?
It helps to understand how millennials think about training.
“Millennials are eager to gain the skills that will
ultimately allow them to become leaders in their field and be successful in
their chosen industry,” according to an article
“And 54 percent have an interest in increasing their technical
in Chief Learning Officer says millennials have some expectations
about learning. They have grown up using the Internet with personalized,
on demand, and contextualized experiences. As a result, this is what they expect
Dashe & Thomson, a training consultancy, published a
blog entitled 5
Things Millennials Want From Training, which lists five tips for training millennials:
1. Provide learning resources, in one
easy-to-access place, so employees don’t have to search all over the
Internet for appropriate training.
gamification to engage employees and provide context.
3. Provide feedback to let employees know how much
progress they’re making as they learn new skills.
4. Deliver training that has meaning, and give realistic
reasons why a lesson will be helpful in the work environment.
5. Segment information by breaking learning into
small sections; this approach works best for engaging the active minds of millennials
and increasing their retention.
We Know How to
Train Millennials, and More
Over the past few years, Oracle University has evolved our
learning modalities to accommodate the new demands for learning that address a
wide range of learning styles. Millennials make up a large percentage of our
For example, one Unlimited
Learning Subscription covers an entire team with a full year of unlimited access to a variety of Oracle’s Training On Demand, Oracle Learning Streams and Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription content.
This is a comprehensive and scalable solution that delivers the best value for team training in a wide range of formats – perfect for millennials, baby boomers, on Generation Xers.
What is your experience providing training for millennials?
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