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Five reasons every organisation needs a robust skills framework 

By Andy Choquette 
Published: March 1, 2023
READ TIME: 2 minutes
The essential foundation piece for effective workforce planning is a comprehensive understanding of the skills an organisation has and the skills they need.

Amidst the rapid pace of the information age, knowing what staff are capable of – or where gaps exist – is crucial to ensuring ongoing success.   

Thankfully, much of the hard work has already been done by the globally recognised Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), Foundation which produces an evolving framework defining the skills and competencies required by business and technology professionals across all levels of responsibility.   

Mapping the roles in your organisation against SFIA is the key to understanding, supporting and growing a future-proof workforce. A daunting task to some perhaps, but one that will ensure your business has the capabilities needed to achieve its goals, and here’s why: 

  1. Defining the requirements for every role in your organisation by SFIA level ensures you maintain a consistent measure of skills and competencies within your workforce. 
  2. Understanding where true skills gaps exist will enable your organisation to adopt a targeted approach to filling them, either through training programs or with external hires. 
  3. Using these gaps to inform targeted employee growth plans will offer clearer learning and development pathways that are beneficial to both staff and the organisation. 
  4. Empowering HR teams with accurate, comprehensive role descriptions and competency requirements will ensure the right people – with the right skills – are found when going to market for a new hire.  
  5. Future workforce planning will be better informed with an accurate understanding of your existing staff’s competencies, and the skills they need to reach the next level. 

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Once the framework is in place, it becomes the single source of truth for skills and competencies across all digital roles and the agile foundation on which effective organisation-wide training programs can be designed and implemented.  

Through our partnership with SFIA, WYWM have several experts who can guide your organisation in creating this framework, validating staff’s skills, identifying their potential and training them for future. Best get started today. 

Get in touch to find out how your organisation could benefit from creating a skills framework or aligning your existing one with SFIA.

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