CAMM wants to hear from mold makers, service providers and suppliers regarding upskilling needs for their workforce. We are always working behind the scenes for the betterment of our members and industry, and upskilling is a topic that has come up to help with the lack of skilled workers.
- What upskilling programs would you find the most valuable?
- What training is currently missing?
- What do you find is a reasonable cost for upskilling programs/training?
- Has your staff completed any upskilling training programs? If so, which programs and where?
Please email [email protected] with your answers and any other information about upskilling.
Upskilling versus reskilling
While by no means a new term, upskilling is certainly the current office buzzword across many industries. Frequently (and often incorrectly) interchanged with reskilling, upskilling is learning to expand and enhance one’s current skill sets. In contrast, reskilling is learning new skills outside of one’s current abilities and knowledge. Therefore, reskilling is usually done to pivot careers, while upskilling is often to advance and improve in one’s current career.
Some common upskilling topics include:
- Organizational efficiency
- Personal development
- Industry-specific knowledge
Benefits of upskilling
Pay increase potential. We’ll let you in on a little secret: it doesn’t make you a bad person to want to improve your skills solely for the extrinsic motivation of money! Obviously, with an increase in knowledge, skills, and expertise, you can often expect or better advocate for higher compensation. Check with your employer on how pay steps for your role are determined. See if some basic upskilling (e.g., completing a workshop or course) could mean a pay increase!
Career growth opportunities. Many leadership roles require industry-specific knowledge and skills. Be proactive and find out what skills are most valuable in your industry. Focus on those to upskill. This increase in expertise can help grow your career.
Workplace efficiency. When your work is efficient, you can increase your quality and quantity of work. This can help you stand out among your colleagues, all while better supporting your organization’s mission.
Self-assurance. With an increase in knowledge, naturally comes more confidence. This means you can work more independently and quickly.
Industry adaptability. By gaining specialized knowledge, you can increase your future job potential! For example, if you work in HR and decide to upskill on the new HR technology, this specialized knowledge could transfer to other fields like IT, consumer needs, software development and more.
Shared from: https://charityvillage.com/upskilling-for-the-new-year/