Driving transformation at CSIRO: Rod Harper on L&D in science
Rod Harper | Learning Leader, CSIRO
Published on 17 January 2024
In this video, 360ed.tv chats with Rod Harper, Learning Leader at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). With a personal ethos of embracing change and transformation, Rod explains the lure of a career with CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency, and how the organisation is navigating change through their L&D strategy.
Describing CSIRO’s approach to workforce planning as predicated on a core understanding of the need to adapt and evolve, Rod discusses their intelligent insights instrument to analyse and anticipate the deployment and upskilling of staff in addressing key societal challenges such as health and the climate. He sheds light on how their rapid expansion into digital and growing digital proficiency has involved nuanced and carefully curated learning content and skill pathways, and how they strike a balance in mobilising resources within the CSIRO team and engaging outsourced talent.
Harnessing the culture of learning that runs through CSIRO’s DNA, Rod discusses their goal of ensuring employees have an opportunity to be invested in projects that are professionally rewarding while being beneficial for society at large. He explores the organisation’s ‘Further together’ value which propels CSIRO’s collaboration effort, resulting in learning products that empower groups to come together and be bigger than the sum of their parts.
Rod advocates for learning design that maximises its collaborative potential and human-centred design to motivate staff along the journey, and finally, discusses how they’ve tackled issues of compliance as a quasi-government agency.
How can organisations like CSIRO prioritise learning and adaptability to remain at the forefront of innovation? Watch the video to learn more.
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