What will the world of talent development look like in the years to come? What skills will you as an L&D professional, a manager in charge of developing people, or a coach need to carry out those responsibilities? Tt may take a lot to fulfill those responsibilities. Research for the ATD 2018 Skills Gap report, Bridging the Skills Gap: Workforce Development and the Future of Work, found that 83 percent of respondents report a skills gap in their organization and 78 percent expect their organizations will have a skills gap in the future.
The ATD Competency Model defines the skills and knowledge required for talent development professionals to be successful now and in the future. It captures changes driven by digital, mobile, and social technology; demographic shifts; globalization; and economic forces. In turn, the model serves as the basis for the skills tested for in the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance and the Associate Professional in Talent Development exams, as well as nearly all other ATD offerings.
It’s important to ensure that the model is, and continues to be, relevant to the field. To that end, ATD recently completed a survey asking talent development professionals what skills they will need in the coming years to be successful. This survey will inform the revised ATD Competency Model, last updated in 2014. Additional research is ongoing.
Wednesday from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in Liberty Ballroom IJKL in the Marriott hotel, ATD Associate Vice President of Education and Credentialing Courtney Vital, CPLP; Elaine Biech, president of ebb associates; Jonathan Halls, CEO of Trainer Mojo, LLC; and William Rothwell, professor at Penn State University, will provide an overview of the trends in the field that were identified in the survey and how they could affect changes to the model. The revised ATD Competency Model is expected to be announced in late 2019.