We may finally be starting to get a glimpse of the new normal, but the coronavirus pandemic is far from over and the future of work remains uncertain. In the current Covid-19 world, job security remains in decline and the pressure is on for both employers and employees to adapt skillsets.
Nine in 10 UK employees will have to reskill by 2030 as a result of the pandemic accelerating changes to the world of work, according to a report from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
There’s no denying that there are already significant skills gaps across a multitude of industry sectors in the UK. Accompanied with fears that in the next decade 26 million workers will require upskilling to keep up to date with technological and business developments as their role evolves, and a further 5 million will go through fundamental job changes and require retraining, it’s important to do everything you can now to keep ahead of the game and minimise the threat of unemployment – both for yourself and for your workforce.
How to Upskill:
Whether your upskilling process is self-led or part of your professional development at work, the first step is to conduct a skills gap analysis. To do this you need to identify strengths, areas for development and gaps in your workforce’s experience or training.
Conducting a skills gap analysis helps you identify skills you need to meet your business goals. You can perform this analysis on two levels:
- Individual: You can identify the skills a job requires and compare them to an employee’s actual skill level.
- Team/company: You can determine if your employees have the skills to work on an upcoming project or if you need to hire externally. This analysis can help you target your employee training programs to develop the skills you need.
Once you have identified key skills for development, explore your options for learning pathways and consider logistics for the implementation of bespoke training plans. But remember, in our new hybrid way of life, you must set realistic goals and find ways to upskill that won’t negatively impact your employee’s work or home life. For example, you may have staff working from home that have gained time now they don’t have to commute. Equally, some staff may still feel overwhelmed by the increased pressures of childcare and other disruptions brought about by the pandemic so be kind and considerate at all costs to ensure their education journey is suitably shaped to their lives.
Whilst conducting a skills gap analysis can be time-consuming, the results are more than worth it. Knowing which skills you need to grow as a business will help you hire – and retain – the right people.
The right training can help you successfully close gaps between current and desired skill sets. At Geon, we are on a mission to tackle unemployment head on by offering an unrivalled range of high-quality training solutions to suit any business, sector or learning style. Our most popular include:
We believe that employers should act as a catalyst by investing in human capital, developing a positive environment and organise a virtual social platform to encourage lifelong learning. To future proof your workforce and help your team get to grips with new global challenges and rapid digital transformation, contact us today. We offer a range of bespoke course bundles and personalised packages to make the upskill process as seamless and cost efficient as possible.