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Upskilling Your Employee’s Technology Careers

By John Bemis On December 8, 2020 · In

Does your team possess the technical know-how they need to succeed? Do you invest in their technology careers? Upskilling is the process of teaching your current employees new technology skills. Technology is everchanging and constantly evolving. As a result, this means there’s always the possibility of a technical skills gap within your organization. However, the ability to upskill and increase training to develop your employees’ skillsets creates an advantage for your company in this technology-driven world.

Read on to learn more about upskilling your employee’s careers.

The Benefits of Upskilling

We all know the challenges of recruiting top talent to fill skills gaps within an organization. And we also know that turnover is expensive. Upskilling or reskilling, helps retain valuable employees and minimize the need to hire and train new ones. Ramping up current employees’ skills, creates a well-rounded and cross-trained workforce, saves money, and boosts your team’s confidence and knowledge base.

Other benefits of upskilling include:

  • Employee retention
  • Increased customer and employee satisfaction
  • Boosted morale, performance, and motivation
  • Employee growth opportunities
  • Strengthened employer brand

Determine Your Upskilling Strategy

There are many ways to approach upskilling, but first and foremost, you’ll need a strategy. Keep the following in mind as you develop yours:

  1. Determine the skill and knowledge gaps within your organization
  2. Understand each employee’s personal career goals
  3. Develop training programs
  4. Think both short- and long-term

Understanding these criteria will help you develop the right upskilling strategy for your employees.

Let’s dive deeper into each point that’s listed above. Once you’ve identified which skills gaps to address, you’ll need to create personal development plans. Encourage your employees to establish goals for themselves. Which skills do they want to learn or improve? Where do they want to be in their careers? Once these are determined, compare them to which skills are most in-demand within your organization. Empowering your employees to develop their plan is better than telling them exactly what they need to learn. By doing this, you benefit your employees who want to advance their skills and get the ones you need for specific projects.

The next step is to create training programs or identify existing training programs. Offer your employees specific training to enhance their skills. For example, let’s say you have a java developer that you believe will benefit from learning .Net. Discuss this possibility with the developer, ask them to develop their personal goals, and create a training program that improves those skills. In many cases, these programs offer specific certifications. Once achieved, not only does it benefit your organization, but it also adds the credential to their resume.

Determining your upskilling strategy helps your organization and employees in the short- and long-term. Find the right approach based on organization priorities as well as current technological trends.

It’s Time to Implement Upskilling

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There are many ways to implement upskilling training. Professional training companies can conduct upskilling classes within your organization. These have typically been conducted in a classroom setting, or more relevant today, a virtual classroom setting. Learning directly from a professional allows for direct learning of an abundance of training topics.

Another upskilling approach is microlearning. Microlearning includes short web-based training modules that cover topics in short periods. This allows for employees to enhance their skills during work breaks or when they find free time.

Another method we suggest is a “Lunch and Learn.” Your company organizes a training session over a complimentary or brown bag meal. In today’s environment, it’s easy to conduct over a video call.

When upskilling, your company should also feature subject matter experts. For instance, if you have an employee with a PMP certification and want other employees to learn those skills, offer that SME an opportunity to develop their leadership skills by teaching or mentoring others.

Upskilling your employee’s careers helps your organization by filling skills gaps and improving your employees’ skillsets and knowledge. Invest in reskilling to retain your current employees and ultimately allow your organization to grow and thrive within the technology industry.

About Benchmark IT –Technology Talent

Benchmark IT offers technology consulting, executive search, and direct hire recruitment and staffing services. We service a wide range of clients and industries throughout the metro New York area and beyond. Our proprietary recruitment process, and dedication to precision, ethics, and personalized service sets us apart from other recruiting firms. As a result, Benchmark IT has become a trusted partner among Fortune-ranked companies, mid-market, start-up, and growth-phase firms since 2007. For additional information, visit: www.bmarkits.com.