BLOG: The reskilling race If you’re not first, you’re last.
Tom Loder

June 22, 2022

As we finally (and thankfully) appear to be turning the corner on COVID-19 and its impact on corporate survival, employers are again facing the gripping reality of a skills and knowledge crisis. For most industries and employers, the pandemic actually further exacerbated the gaps and highlighted more clearly the skills they now require for long-term operational survival and growth.

Greater adoption of technology will mean demand for skills will change over the next five years and fast. Industry groups and employers need to act.

This is not an issue that’s isolated to one region, or one industry. The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labour between humans and technologies. And, for existing workers in existing roles, 50% will need reskilling by 2025. On the flip side, it is predicted that close to 100 million new jobs may emerge as a result of the greater usage of technology, machines and algorithms. So, work is changing, industries are evolving and employers and workers need to adapt and in most cases get retrained and reskilled.

For most employers, regardless of industry, the question is “how”?

While the need to upskill and reskill workers for long-term operational success is widely accepted, many employers have neither the time nor the expertise needed. Further, many don’t even know what skills they need, where to access training content, or what technologies they may need. In fact, a recent study suggested over 63% of organizations have not equipped managers with access to upskilling resources for staff development.

While large organizations can afford their own internal skill development experts and training solutions, most SMBs cannot. Broadly accessible insights and solutions are required for the majority of employers that need support in trying to remain relevant in today’s rapidly changing economies.

Public & Private Sector Collaboration

In response to the challenge, Governments around the globe are providing funding and engaging with industry and private training and technology providers to assist. In Canada, the Federal Government now provides approximately $3.6 Billion in funding for skill development initiatives on an annual basis. 

The pandemic impact led to an additional investment of $1.5 billion to support employers requiring talent and new skills to bolster the industry-wide rebound. And, most recently, a new $300 million Skills for Success Program was launched to help workers with foundational skills to get and keep a job, and adapt and succeed at work. 

So, Governments are stepping up and making skill development a priority, and Provinces/States along with partnering industry and training groups are availing of the funding…but, now what?

From Funding to Action and Solution Accessibility

Having access to federal funding is great, but first, industry stakeholders and employers themselves must understand their skill gaps, and what is needed. And technology is playing a role here. In fact, more than 40% of HR leaders surveyed say they are increasing their investments in talent analytic tools and modernizing HR hiring and training practices to do just that. Then, it’s all about continuous training and the utilization of online training platforms and content.

How will employers and workers without access to corporate Learning Management Solutions access relevant training?

The solution lies in public/private sector delivery of NexGen workforce training platforms and solutions that offer industry-endorsed and curated content for the benefit of workers that stretch across many employers. And, regardless of what private sector company(s) are supplying the actual training solutions, there are several key attributes for success:

  • Relevant & Modern Content Upskilling and reskilling training content must be modernized and offer greater accessibility through eLearning (versus in-class). As importantly, it must be developed in collaboration with credible industry experts, align with regulatory standards (as required) and meet the needs and expectations of Regulators.


  • True Integration The chosen platform technology must link all stakeholders digitally and allow for online account access for training providers, employers, and trainees to manage, access, complete, and track training and facilitate the sharing of credentials in real time.


  • Top-Down delivery The delivery approach must offer efficient and effective delivery at a macro-level, for the benefit of all stakeholders in the region or industry. As such, platform provisioning must be upleveled to Government Agencies and/or Industry groups to enable single line-of-sight sponsorship, accountability, and accessibility for all.

These are just a few examples of the core functionality and requirements needed within industry-wide upskilling and reskilling technologies and what Government agencies, training providers, industry groups and technology experts are collaborating on to deliver in alignment with Federal commitments and funding.

Time is of the Essence

The global skill gap challenge is not an easy one to solve. The fix requires an “all hands on deck” mentality and shared accountability from Government sponsors through to the individual worker. It also requires innovative workforce training solutions that can handle the workload.

For us here at Bluedrop, our role is clear. We support our Province/State and Industry customers and partners, offering workforce training solutions and our SkillsPass training platform to help get upskilling and reskilling training, whether online, virtual, or in-person, to the masses and fast.

It is a race after all.

Visit us to learn more about SkillsPass, and how this unique training platform enables a complete upskilling/reskilling solution for Province/State/Industry deployment for the benefit of all employers.

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A seamless online training ecosystem connection for all stakeholders or partners…

  • Including governments, regulators, industry associations, unions, career centers, training providers, employers and more.
  • These cross-organizational and complex training situations would overwhelm an LMS. SkillsPass fixes that, with a robust suite of NexGen features and functionality including:
    • ONLINE TRAINING HUB– our embedded MarketPlusTM online training marketplace- allowing our clients to go beyond their own training offerings and consolidate external training sources, whether classroom, online, or virtual. 
    • UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE– Industry open architecture solution design that enables third party solution integration and the bringing together of key partners/systems and eliminating the siloed, restrictive nature of the traditional LMS.
    • TRAINING PARTNER INTEGRATION– Training partner enablement through unique storefronts to accept bookings, track attendance, and issue certificates working in concert with each client’s marketplace. APIs are also available for Training Partners with their own software.
    • DIGITAL WORKER PASSPORT– The industry-first SkillsPass Worker Passport, allowing end-users to access and share their validated credentials securely with employers and regulators (via QR code).
    • MULTI-LEVEL REPORTING– Robust reporting and insights at an employer and industry (client) level. Clients can provide a business account for each employer partner to allow them to track valid certificates, assign training, and see the final results and expiry notifications. The platform also generates valuable client insights about training completion at certificate, demographic, partner, industry, and regional levels.


Providing end-to-end training delivery and credential management for all training formats…

  • This can include virtual, online, in-person, and blended training. Core capabilities include:
    • Manage learning paths that can include combination of online, virtual and blended offerings
    • Manage prerequisite requirements 
    • Track microcredentials that can be combined to form a master credential
    • Allow clients to build their own online courses and assessments 
    • Provide bookmarking so that learners can complete training in multiple sessions 
  • We have a globally recognized team of Learning Design and Production experts that work with industry SMEs to produce online and blended courseware and microcredentials.  They can take a project from concept to finished product within a few weeks. 
  • Over the years we have also amassed a large library of specialized courseware to address stubborn or urgent skills gaps with almost immediate time-to-launch and value.


With security and support that safeguards our client investments in two key ways:

  1. Battle-Tested Solutions– Having met the highest levels of audit, scrutiny, and testing related to data security, privacy/consent legislation, and web content accessibility guidelines.
    • Our consent-driven architecture supports the latest regulations and best practices in data privacy/consent, security, accessibility. The platform is secure and audit-proof- with SOC 2 Type I Audit Certification, PCI standards compliance, adherence to all SaaS security and privacy requirements, and more.  
    • We are global leaders in this space. Over the past few years, we have been through 500 governmental client Threat Risk Assessments, passed 5 Provincial PIAs, launched with 8 governments and 5 regulators, been approved and deployed by the US state departments to deploy the solution in 30 Countries.  
  2. Full Delivery Support Options– Our experienced Adoption Services Group can help clients realize their objectives after launch. We help ensure that if you build it, they actually will come.
    • Our team has managed client training initiatives that have impacted millions of workers, and support training stakeholders (e.g., training partners and employers) to adopt solutions.
    • Our optional managed services range from supporting client adoption efforts to full outsourcing of the rollout and operation of training initiatives. For some of our clients, we actually operate their entire training solution, including:
      • Full onboarding and training for stakeholder groups (such as training partners or employers) 
      • Generating awareness, engaging with potential partners, performing system demos, signing on partners, etc.
      • Sales and Marketing– we staff account management and sales roles, complete marketing strategies, design and place advertising, and develop promotional materials.
Enhancing Critical Workforce Skills

Bluedrop’s experience and proven eLearning content development capabilities are foundational in supporting our customers’ upskilling & reskilling requirements, and in maximizing the power of the SkillsPass™ Integrated Skills Management Platform.

Whether for broad State/Province upskilling programs, or single use, rapid response training requirements for a specific industry requirement- we can deliver an online solution with proven effectiveness and verifiable training results.


Bluedrop has developed and deployed eLearning training to support large and diverse upskilling and reskilling initiatives of governments and industries around the globe.


Bluedrop has amassed a a vast library of proven and impactful eLearning courses. Specialization includes commercial truck driver training, workplace productivity, entrepreneurship and a host of regulatory inspired courses,


The eLearning content solution combined with our SkillsPass ISM platform to help connect workers, employers, and related stakeholders. We also offer full execution support and program management including marketing, adoption, and customer support specialists that help drive successful uptake and results.

Our Solution – Multi-Stakeholder Benefits

Offers online training, certification, and credential management capabilities to support the transformation of broad-based upskilling/reskilling.

Is industry-agnostic, and is now securely deployed with governments, industry associations and employers around the world, with close to 3 Million users.

Enables the deployment of wide ranging course content options to support skill development including industry mandated, OH&S, and upskilling in those critical in-demand functions required in the new digital economy.

Provides partners with a digital, single line-of-sight into training results, credentials, and certifications at the industry through to the individual level.

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