Organizations are demanding a new level of acumen from their employees as companies seek to be lean yet innovative. To guide human capital development, education is dramatically changing its focus from general programs to more specific areas of study.
Companies' internal training and development are also getting a fresh look, as old methods of program delivery are not producing the results needed by today's enterprises. We have received an outpouring of requests for training on specific hard and soft skills that can help employees more fully develop within their current jobs and increase their potential for future roles.
The sourcing and governance functions need the same employee development as other departments within the company. People frequently come to sourcing/governance roles from various departments and assorted backgrounds, with different competencies and diverse educational experiences. This melting pot of an employee base brings a positive outlook to the space, but creates potential training nightmares.
Online learning has created a convenient outlet for organizations to train their people in a way that is blind to space and time. The most successful programs create a virtual classroom environment where students can interact with faculty and peers. The classroom interaction builds the soft skills of communication and collaboration while reinforcing the core concepts and hard skills acquired through the training.
SIG University (SIG U) was created to facilitate learning around the "Language of Sourcing." SIG U is delivered in a virtual classroom environment where sourcing and governance professionals learn from leaders in the space to better grasp the newest methodologies and best practices.
As we celebrate the holidays, we think of ways to give back to our work community. Currently, our Gift of Education, supports organizations and individuals by reducing SIG University tuition by 25%. The first certification course begins January 4, 2016 and we encourage you to learn more at siguniversity.org.