Up-skill Your Employees

by | Sep 13, 2013 | Employers Tips

What is Up-skilling?

Up-skilling is the process of upgrading the skills of professionals through training. Some of the different styles of training include:

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Projects – Specific processes are learned when workers are involved in a project. As the project progresses, trainees learn and experience new processes.

Job Rotation – Transferring an employee from one department to another on a rotational basis lets them view your organisation holistically by understanding the roles of the various departments.

Coaching –By assigning a mentor to a trainee, that trainee will benefit from the experience and advice of an expert over an extended period of time.

Demonstration – The simplest way of training a worker is to provide a practical demonstration and then let the trainee begin to master that process.

Benefits of Up-skilling

There are three main advantages to becoming part of an up-skilling program.

1. Job Enrichment

A job enrichment program increases your set of skills. Hence it will lead to a more varied set of tasks at your job. This will reduce the ‘stuck’ feeling that many workers feel who do repetitive jobs.

2. Job Significance

Because of the added set of tasks to your job, your ‘job significance’ will increase. The term job significance refers to the impact your job has on the overall production of the organization. Increased job significance often results in higher employee satisfaction.

3. Remuneration

Up-skilling leads to the revision of a worker’s remuneration package. Because of the increase in the number and significance of tasks performed, an increase in pay may be called for. Companies feel that in order to retain their HR resources, an increase in remuneration is a must after an employee has gone through an up-skilling program.

Who is Responsible for Up-skilling?

An employee can become part of an up-skilling program via different avenues, such as:

1. Company

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Businesses elect to up-skill their employees to make the most out of their HR resources. They will conduct in-house training for them which can include all or any of the four training approaches mentioned previously ( i.e. job rotation, projects, coaching and demonstration).

It is not essential for the employer to take the first step towards an employee’s up-skilling. If you are currently employed and want the chance to up-skill yourself, talk to your employer. Explain to them how your up-skilling can positively impact on the company’s HR resources and lead to higher production.

2. Intermediary Organizations

When Up-skilling requires special training professionals or equipment, it may be conducted outside the organisation. For example, certain organisations may collaborate with companies to enroll their employees in different educational and training programs.

3. Independent

Employees can take the initiative to become up-skilled through their own means rather than depending on their employer. They can do this by enrolling in technical schools, colleges or universities, either by taking a break from work or by studying and working simultaneously.

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