APAC Issue 6 2018

APAC / Issue 6 2018 9 Ensuring all the Pieces fit Together g outside influences are having an impact on the firm, as well as presenting opportunities for KORNERSTONE. “In recent years, Hong Kong’s continuing and professional education sector has flourished, as more and more people have sought to upgrade their academic qualifications and improve their career prospects. “Multinational companies and organisations have long realised the benefits of staff training. This awareness has now begun to spread to smaller and medium- sized enterprises, which are spending more resources on training to increase their competitiveness and retain staff. “For individual employees, in order to increase their competitive edge in the job market, they are willing to invest in training. With some roles in finance and IT industry, professional qualifications are the focus. There is a need for qualified professionals to fill in-demand jobs. To secure/ accelerate a career in Hong Kong, it is important to invest in professional courses as part of career development.” Providing training opportunities to all staff, staff are constantly monitoring the relevant trends and developments within the market which enable the team to be one step ahead. The team at KORNERSTONE is providing training opportunities to all staff in order to keep up with industry changes, and provide ongoing training to make sure the staff’s skills and knowledge are up-to-date. Through ongoing job training, staff are constantly advancing, and it helps the team to remain competitive within the marketplace. Operating within the APAC region, the team at KORNERSTONE have had to adapt to many challenges in order to become successful in the region. Catherine references these challenges when explaining how the team has had to adapt their techniques to deal with different generations. “The increased adoption of technologies in Asia which leads to the growth of blended learning is the challenge that we need to overcome. Older generations tend to be more comfortable with traditional, face-to-face training, whereas younger generations might prefer interactive, technology-based learning. How to incorporate difference forms of learning to meet the training needs of different generations is a new challenge for us.” Internally, Catherine ensures that all staff are equipped to provide the best possible service to clients. As a result, KORNERSTONE is well placed to catapult itself to the top of the industry, and in her concluding comments Catherine outlines what hopes she has for the business moving forward. “Within the company, it is all about Intrapreneurship. We treat every staff as an intrapreneur and encourage them to innovate and undertake something new. There are large room and high flexibility for them to think outside of the box. Staff contribute through their innovation, develop new products and services, which helps the company grow, stay ahead of competitors and provide the best possible services to clients. “Due to business expansion, we will expand our service in China and open a new training centre in Kwun Tong in 2019.”