Upskilling Should Be Your Buzzword for 2019

Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2019 by Dave RelfeNo comments

There is an old adage that knowledge is power. That’s nowhere so important in modern life than in the workplace.

Maybe thirty years ago you could get by with the same skills and knowledge for a 30 year career but nowadays employees who regularly update their CV and have a keen interest in CPD are much more highly valued.

Joseph Pearson photo on Ditchling Beacon in Brighton

If you are looking to change things up over the next 12 months, then a little upskilling may well be in order. It’s something that can benefit both employees and their employers and is becoming increasingly popular in the workplace.

 

What is Upskilling?

It’s basically teaching existing employees new skills. This has both benefits for the boss and his or her staff. They don’t have to search for outside people to fill posts that require a certain abilities. The employee can gain new and valuable skills that will serve them later in their career. And it can often be cheaper than recruiting, especially with management jobs and above.

 

The Benefits of Upskilling for Employers

Turnover is a big problem in many industries and it’s not all down to wage issues or bad working practices. For many people it’s a sensible move to look around for a new job at least every few years.

The key with upskilling is that it can help improve retention levels because your business is always offering existing employees the chance to develop and push their careers forward. Why would they look elsewhere?

That said, you can’t stop all employees seeking new pastures, particularly at management level. Upskilling also gives you the opportunity to plan for the future. If you are a business that likes to promote from inside, giving new blood the resources and knowledge they need to apply and succeed at the next level is important.

If you have this kind of ethos, then you are also likely to attract more top talent to your business. Someone considering applying for a particular job will see that you are focused on CPD for staff and that should encourage plenty of dedicated, career minded individuals who are always looking to develop additional skills.

 

The Benefits for Employees

Working in a job where your prospects are stagnating can be a little soul destroying. Upskilling not only helps motivate you as an individual, it gives you the tools to be able to control your future better. Most jobs nowadays require continuous training, so upskilling should help preserve you in your current position but also open up jobs opportunities in Brighton for future career moves.

It can be rewarding to discover new talents. We all like to feel useful and upskilling ensures that we are always developing and providing something new to the person we work for. Of course, that new knowledge or skill is also great for putting down on our CVs.

In other words, for any employee, upskilling is an investment in the future. The good news is that it’s become really popular in many sectors in recent times. That may be because we live in a world where knowledge and technology is so important and there’s always something new to learn. It might also be that employers have cottoned onto the fact that employees are far more career minded than they used to be.

 

Whether you are business owner or an employee, you may want to pay more attention to the concept of upskilling in 2019.

 

Image Credit:  Joseph Pearson

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