Today’s trainers are under increasing amounts of pressure to modernise their strategies in regards to millennials training.

With the digital revolution empowering people to take learning into their own hands, trainers must modernise their strategies or risk becoming ineffective and obsolete.

The way in which managers must approach millennials training and learning has changed due to the rise of the modern learner - millennials are the first generation of ‘digital natives’ meaning they expect interactive digital learning.

Managers and trainers alike are, therefore, forced to incorporate digital training alternatives into their training approach in order to retain, engage, and nurture their talent.

Millennials feel that lifelong learning is the key to happiness and they want to experience as much training as possible and we believe this needs to be addressed within every workplace. The digital strategies that you should include in your millennial training plan are:

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality, also known as VR, is set to be the next big thing to hit workplaces, by becoming the preferred method of communication and training due to its ability to deliver immersive experiences in these areas.

As technology develops so does the quality of virtual reality, with training and development expected to be in comparison with employees being put in a real-life situation.

Due to the nature of this training method, virtual reality training can be completed remotely and at any time. This aligns well with millennials need for work-life balance.


Hyper-connectivity is said to have resulted in millennials having a superb ability when it comes to acting fast and multitasking, however, it has also left them lacking in patience when it comes to seeking information.

Adapting to these attributes would, therefore, suggest that training and development resources should be brief and concise. This is where Microlearning comes in - a great resource that can effectively be utilised for millennials training due to its simple process of learning in smaller steps. It deals with relatively small learning units and can be considered as the planned organisation of small learning experiences designed to meet an overall learning goal.

Collaborative Learning

What is clear from millennial behaviour is their need for mobile devices. They are known to instinctively turn to search engines and social media to access information and share knowledge and insights.

It is therefore essential to utilise this informal, collaborative form of learning within workforce training in order to promote team bonding between millennials and colleagues.

Looking to train your workforce?

At MDA Training we pride ourselves on the fresh and innovative approach we bring to learning and development. We will work closely with you to gain a thorough understanding of your training needs, business issues and your competency framework, and then design and deliver highly interactive, creative and engaging programmes that are fully embedded in your organisational values, culture and commercial context.