July 14, 2022 | Altura Blog
What do we mean by upskilling?
Upskilling your employees simply means broadening their skills and capabilities using formal and informal training methods. It enables the facilitation of continuous learning and development for individuals, whilst simultaneously minimising skills gaps within the organisation.
The focus is to improve the employee’s current skills and provide opportunities for them to expand their role and responsibilities within the organisation.
By upskilling your employees, you will be bridging skills gaps which would otherwise involve costly and time-consuming recruitment, onboarding and training. There are also other benefits, such as:
- Improved use of time and resources
- Reduced staff turnover
- Increased customer satisfaction, due to staff familiarity
- Increased staff morale
- Increased staff motivation and performance
- Creating an agile and responsive workforce
- Building competitive strength in the industry
Focus on improving your staff’s core skills, to gain long term value for the organisation. This can include:
- Conducting a training needs analysis and regular staff appraisals, to ensure training corresponds to current business needs.
- Staying current in the industry by providing training on trending or emerging topics and skill sets.
- Looking at what training opportunities are available internally and at low cost, such as:
- Providing opportunities for staff to shadow more senior, skilled staff
- Developing staff buddy systems
- Authoring your own short courses
- Identifying microlearning opportunities
Altura Learning has a library of courses and a host of resources that can be utilised to upskill staff. For example, our Evidence Assessments can be used to audit skill sets and identify competency levels, that can then assist with identifying what skills are currently available within your organisation.
To view our full range of courses, visit Altura Learning’s website.