2. Make training easily accessible
Once you know what you’re going to focus on, it’s time to consider how exactly you’re going to do it - and the delivery needs to be as easily accessible as possible. Fortunately, there are so many learning options available these days that you should be able to build your upskilling initiatives around your business needs without too much trouble.
As the pandemic taught us, virtual training provides plenty of opportunities, with organizations such as HubSpot and SkillShare offering courses and microlearning units on a range of topics.
You could also consider having group training with expert visitors, which is a good way of boosting morale as staff build their skills together.
However, it’s important to remember that upskilling needs to be supported by the employer - workers shouldn't feel as though they’re falling behind with their jobs because they have to squeeze in training. Instead, ensure paid time is set aside and cover is provided for the appropriate members of staff.
3. Build career pathways around training
Upskilling can be fun, but if it’s brought in without structure or an apparent purpose, employees may become disillusioned or frustrated. That’s why upskilling programs must be built around goals that are SMART: specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, and time-bound.
For example, completing a particular course on commonly used software could lead to a bonus or official certification, while a longer module might end with the opportunity to apply for an internal vacancy.
Ensuring employees know they’re working towards something will keep them motivated to learn more.
4. Use feedback to update training regularly
Even when you have an upskilling scheme in place, don’t rest on your laurels and assume that’s enough. Instead, ensure it’s regularly updated based on feedback from the people who have been participating in it.
Asking if training has been useful and what employees liked and disliked about it could not only improve existing upskilling strategies but might also open up ideas for new options in the future.
Build your future workforce with upskilling
Upskilling is an extremely useful tool when it comes to retaining employees, ensuring business growth, and future-proofing your organization.
Offering your staff the opportunity to build their knowledge shows they’re important to you and that you’re willing to invest your time and money in their professional growth.
By simply listening to what your workforce wants, offering simple programs to provide it, and building on that upskilling going forward, you could ensure your company is ideally positioned for success - and stands out amid your competition.
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