The future of training is bright; the average job requires more knowledge and
skills than in the past, because of increased automation. Simple jobs
are now done by machines and computers, leaving more complex jobs, on average,
for human employees.
The workforce is changing, and the increased diversity - racial, ethnic,
and gender - is something many employees have trouble with. They need
training on how to interact.
Many organizations adopt what is referred to as a continuous learning
perspective. Here, it is not assumed that an employee is ever done
learning, but rather, that they will be constantly updating their knowledge
and skills to stay on the cutting edge. How to best do this is an open
issue for trainers.
Related to this is the notion of adaptability and flexibility. The
skills of today are not necessarily the skills of tomorrow, so one of the
things training needs to be able to do is provide skills that are malleable,
that can change as the requirements of the market changes. We need to
train people to be able to roll with the punches.
Training has become a profitable market all its own, with many companies
springing up to provide training design and evaluation services to businesses
all over the world.