Munich, April 20, 2020Efficient Training for Digitalization

Re- and upskilling employees must be part of the digital transformation.

With these 5 tips you will succeed in re- and upskilling in your company.


Digitalization is everywhere and every company is affected by it.
However, the digital transformation of companies is being severely hindered:

The key problem is insufficient digital competences among employees.

In the course of digitalization, work processes change and with it the requirements regarding digital know-how and competences for employees.
These employees need to learn and internalize the digital way of thinking.

A digital skill gap exists.

A recent study by KfW shows that 80 % of all SMEs in Germany are in great need of digital competences. However, this need cannot be met in many companies:

One in three SMEs
lack digital know-how. Of these, 5-10% experience serious bottlenecks.


Companies can obtain digital competences in two ways:

  • Recruiting 
  • Training


Recruiting new employees is only part of the solution as all existing employees also need digital know-how.

The Harvard Business Review even wrote in its recent article “Why Competing for New Talent Is a Mistake” that recruiting new employees is a mistake.


Successful companies also sufficiently train their employees and will profit from it in future:

Companies that invest in training attract other talents.

Additionally, companies should bear in mind that reskilling can be a solution to the lack of specialized workers.
For example, a datacenter-admin can be reskilled to become a cloud-admin.


Re- and upskilling must be maximally efficient.

Efficient re- and upskilling of employees is essential for a successful digitalization.

One of the biggest challenges is that employees lack the time for training and learning new skills.


Building new capabilities must thus be maximally efficient.

Employees must learn what is needed for the future role – no more but also no less.

Topics such as software engineering, machine learning, additive manufacturing, blockchain, industrial security, industrial IoT and connectivity as well as digital working methods are particularly relevant here.


Classroom trainings are slow and too cost-intensive.

One solution is online trainings. Freely available online learning libraries are however often not successful.
The majority of employees do not learn voluntarily in their free time.
Additionally, they do not know which content is relevant for their job.

Instead, companies should integrate training regarding digitalization into the workday.


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Efficient Training for Digitalization

5 Tips for Digitally Re- and Upskilling Employees

  1. Training must be part of the digital transformation.
  2. Training must be efficient.
    This means online and individually adapted to the specific needs of the company and its employees.
    Not all employees need the same information and depth of content within a topic.
  3. Training should be understood as a project.
    At the beginning of the project, there is the definition of target groups and learning goals.
    During the learning process, employees should be supported and reminded to learn.
    Excercises must be checked and corrected.
  4. Trainings should be established on a long-term basis.
    By doing so they are more effective and the daily business is not interrupted due to long learning hours.
    We recommend that an employee learns 1–2 hours per day.
  5. High quality matters.
    Companies should use learning materials that are of high quality (videos, excercises and case examples) as well as digital labs.
    This enhances the motivation to learn.
    The learning content must be structured.
    knowledge should be supplemented by company specific knowledge.


It is never too late to start trainings for digitalization.

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Here you find more information on the study by the KfW.