Training Industry: pre-boarding for talent engagement and retention.

February 8, 2019 Jason Roberts

Some experts feel onboarding may be a thing of the past. What employers may be focusing on for 2019 is pre-boarding. Pre-boarding – sometimes called “train to hire” – is a strategy that has quickly emerged in response to the skills gap.

Training new hires before their actual start date means that they can hit the ground running with an understanding of the industry. It’s a proactive approach to upskilling that engages talent from the get-go. Pre-boarding demonstrates that the employer is willing to support and invest in its people.

“In a tight labor market, it makes a lot of sense to do this,” says Jason Roberts, global head of technology and talent analytics at Randstad Sourceright. “If you have someone who’s a solid fit for you, but they’re missing some pieces of what you need, it broadens the pool ...”

Training Industry suggests that pre-boarding should provide basic skills development for the job, without asking candidates to do unpaid work for the company or exposing them to proprietary information. When done right, pre-boarding can help tip the balance in your favor by opening up a wider selection of potential candidates.

You can learn more about this trend by reading the full article in Training Industry. Then check out our Insights Center for more innovative recruiting strategies.

About the Author

Jason Roberts

Jason is a leading authority on HR analytics and systems with more than 15 years of experience using big data to drive recruitment strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Using data to drive business strategy and outcomes, Jason has led Randstad Sourceright to provide clients unparalleled insights into their operations.

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