Upskilling is used as a training and recycling method within the company to adapt to the continuous changes that are marked by globalization, digitalization, automation, and remote processes, among others. Let’s see in detail how upskilling is defined, currently one of the main trends in management. What benefits it brings to employer and employee and how it differs from reskilling.
What is upskilling: training for adaptation to changes
Upskilling is presented as a training method with which to improve soft skills to better perform a job. And with a view to having greater responsibilities in the company.
Experts define it as “doing the same thing, but better”. The professional has the technical skills, but needs to improve them, work on other skills to perfect the work he does.
Benefits of upskilling for both the company and the worker
And what would be the benefits of implementing upskilling in a company?
- Motivation since the company cares about offering training to its employees to optimize their performance, which is good for the company and for the employee. This continuous training is what will improve the corporate reputation.
- The company culture is seen as dynamic and adaptive to an environment that is constantly evolving.
- Lifelong learning helps professionals not to be left behind in the labor market.
- In turn, it promotes the creativity and innovation of workers.
- And not only that, but it also allows the retention of talent, internal opportunities for change and increased responsibilities.
- It is a future strategy that reduces costs since employees are better prepared to solve problems and setbacks.
- It also reduces the selection processes: less need to look for personnel and when it is done, they will be better prepared.
Upskilling Vs. Reskilling. How are they different?
Reskilling talks about acquiring new skills to climb to new jobs. While upskilling focuses on doing better the tasks that are already being performed.
Reskilling develops more technical skills to move, for example, from the ‘offline’ to the ‘online’ department.
In general, it could be said that upskilling creates more specialized workers and more versatile reskilling.
Steps to implement the continuous training method in a company
To determine which training will be given and to which departments, the following points must be considered:
- Analyze the business needs of the company, what needs to be improved, what are the weak points.
- Study the skills of the staff to define those that will be developed more precisely.
- Design what will be the training plan for each profile. With what tools, at what time and for what duration.
- Carry out a continuous evaluation of upskilling. It will serve to check the level of progress and the response of employees to the training.
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