Organizations need self-directed, flexible and innovative workers. This requires sustainable learning solutions in which three pillars play a role: the learning employee, the organization and technological learning solutions.
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Organizations need self-managing, flexible and innovative employees. Only then can they play a meaningful role in our rapidly changing society, now and in the future. This requires employees who are “lifelong learners” and who approach their development process in a different way. The current education and training offerings do not sufficiently provide this. Employees will therefore have to search in their own (working) environment for opportunities to improve themselves in their work. This is called “self-directed learning”. There are many digital media for self-directed learning, always and everywhere, but they are still insufficiently used in this way. This calls for sustainable learning solutions, which are not only focused on the acquisition of knowledge or skills, but also on the support of the competencies that make people self-directed and flexible. Sustainable learning solutions emerge from an integrated approach involving three pillars: the learning employee, the organization and technological learning solutions. In this chapter, we will take a closer look at these three pillars and how they can contribute to sustainable learning with the goal of innovation-oriented employees.