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30 April – 1 May 2025 | ExCeL London


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7 Ways AI Can Supercharge Employee Development

Thursday 12 October 2023

7 Ways AI Can Supercharge Employee Development

Fred Thompson
7 Ways AI Can Supercharge Employee Development

When we talk to L&D leaders today, we hear a recurring theme: They are being asked to “do more with less.” The “more” usually means:

Enhanced Learning Impact: Deliver training and development programs that have a greater and more visible impact on employees' skills, performance, and overall organisational success.

Personalised Learning Experiences: Meeting the diverse learning needs of employees through hyper-personalised and tailored learning experiences that cater to individual preferences and styles.

Skill Diversity: Fostering a broader range of skills development, including both technical and soft skills, to equip employees with a well-rounded skill set and the organisation with a competitive advantage.

Learning Culture: Cultivating a culture of continuous learning where employees are motivated and supported to enhance their skills regularly.

Measurement and Impact: Demonstrating the value of L&D efforts by providing data-driven insights into the effectiveness of training programs and their impact on employee performance.


The “less,” of course, typically means doing the above with fewer people and a smaller budget!

L&D teams face an ongoing battle in trying to respond to changing needs and expanding expectations while feeling the economic pressure to reduce costs.

The most successful organisations are already meeting these challenges head-on, adopting a combination of strategies, technologies, and approaches to address L&D challenges and identify skills gaps.

AI's ability to process, analyse, and adapt based on data provides a powerful tool for L&D to overcome these challenges and create a transformative learning environment…even with less!

Ready to learn how AI can help you to supercharge employee development? Let’s dive in.👇


1. Level-Up Employee Engagement

Modern organisations embody a fusion of diverse talents, each with unique learning styles and aspirations.

AI-driven personalised learning pathways are the silver bullet for engaging a diverse workforce.

These pathways analyse individual preferences, learning histories, and performance metrics to curate bespoke learning journeys.


Enhanced engagement AND higher skill acquisition.

By recognising and adapting to individual learning needs, these pathways create a personalised learning experience as unique as each employee.


2. Identify Skills Gaps at Speed

The role of an L&D leader has evolved into that of a strategic enabler.

AI, with its data-crunching prowess, provides you with a new lens.

By mining and analysing vast datasets, AI offers insights that demystify the effectiveness of your learning programs and quickly identify skills gaps.

These insights help to refine training initiatives, align them with organisational goals, and ensure maximum ROI.

Data-driven decisions pave the way for efficient resource allocation and continuous learning enhancement.


3. Unshackle Your Strategic Mind

Admin tasks while essential, have often shackled L&D leaders, preventing them from contributing strategically.

AI is a virtual workforce that steps in to automate these tasks.


  • Course assignments
  • Scheduling
  • Content delivery

Can be easily managed, liberating you to focus on the tasks that really demand your brain power.

This shift from mundane management to visionary strategy is a quantum leap made possible by AI's capabilities.


4. The Art of Predictive Learning

Who wouldn't want to see into the future?

AI, with its predictive capabilities, makes it a reality.

Pre/post assessments and predictive modelling act as the crystal ball, forecasting learner needs before they surface.

Imagine understanding what skills an employee requires to stay ahead of the curve even before they realise it themselves.

This proactive approach minimises skill gaps, aligns training initiatives, and accelerates employee growth.


5. Conversational Aides

In an era where time is a luxury, voice assistants and chatbots emerge as champions of efficiency.

They serve as instant mentors, addressing queries and supporting microlearning at the pace of the modern workplace.

Need to grasp a concept swiftly before a meeting? Just ask!

These AI-driven companions extend support beyond conventional training, enabling continuous, on-the-go learning.


6. Nurturing Understanding and Trust

With great power comes great responsibility.

The ethical implications of AI are paramount in the L&D community.

Senior professionals carry the responsibility of creating an environment of understanding and trust around AI.

Offering ethical AI training to your employees equips them with the knowledge to decipher AI-driven decisions and provide greater transparency and trust in the process.

Ethical AI becomes not just a practice, but a culture.


7. Core Skills Development: Enhanced by AI

In an age of digital disruption, core skills like design thinking, computational logic, and data literacy form the bedrock of an adaptable workforce.

It streamlines skill acquisition through tailored learning paths, simulation-based training, and interactive modules.


Do more with AI

AI, far from being a threat, becomes a facilitator in honing these skills and making L&D more scalable.

The combination of AI and core skill development equips your employees to navigate the complex landscape of the digital age.

With the “do more with less” mandate ever increasing, it’s time to evaluate how AI can drive better learner engagement, while cutting overhead costs and steer your organisation towards a future of growth and resilience.

By embracing AI you can enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and personalisation of your learning and development efforts and be better equipped to meet the rapidly evolving needs of modern learners.


3 Steps for L&D Leaders to Take Now

Now is the time to move forward on the journey to AI-powered L&D, and while it may be tempting to wait and see how it plays out, I urge you to join the take these steps. Here are three steps to embrace the AI opportunity today:


1. Start with Your Organisation’s Challenges

Identify the specific challenges within your organisation's learning and development programs that AI can address, such as improving learner engagement, personalisation, or scalability. Does your organisation have the existing technology infrastructure to handle AI integration?


2. Build Your Business Case

Develop a compelling business case that highlights the competitive advantages and long-term ROI associated with AI adoption and outlines the potential benefits of integrating AI in workplace learning, including cost savings, improved learning outcomes, and enhanced employee performance.


3. Test, Experiment and Learn.

Don’t feel ready to go all in on AI? Begin with pilot projects or small-scale AI implementations to gain practical experience and assess the feasibility and impact of AI in specific learning scenarios. Collect data on learner interactions, outcomes, and any issues that arise. Gather feedback from both learners and instructors regarding their experiences with the AI-powered learning tools and use this feedback to refine your approach.

Embracing AI for workplace learning is a journey that requires careful planning, collaboration, and a commitment to ongoing improvement. By taking these steps, you can start the process of integrating AI into your learning and development strategies effectively.


Fred Thompson Fred Thompson

CEO at thirst


  • AI
  • development
  • digital learning
  • employee
  • employees
  • ld
  • leaders
  • learner
  • learning
  • learning and development
  • organisations
  • performance
  • skill
  • skills
  • training
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