The Essential Elements for a Successful Upskilling Program
Upskilling, the process of teaching employees new skills or enhancing their existing ones, has become a critical strategy for organizations navigating the rapidly changing business landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this need, forcing companies to rethink their business models and the skills their employees need to execute them. This article explores the essential elements for a successful upskilling program, backed by relevant market data and solutions, and includes insights from the Skills Council of Canada (SCC).
The Urgency of Upskilling
The McKinsey Global Institute estimated in 2017 that as many as 375 million workers—or 14 percent of the global workforce—would have to switch occupations or acquire new skills by 2030 due to automation and artificial intelligence. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this prediction even more urgent. Companies must now learn how to match their workers to new roles and activities, requiring a significant focus on reskilling and upskilling.
The Essential Elements
The Role of SCC
The Skills Council of Canada (SCC) plays a crucial role in this upskilling landscape. As an organization dedicated to supporting Canadians in accessing skill-development resources, SCC provides a robust Skills Management System (SMS) that manages all SCC resources, users, administration, and instructors. This system is instrumental in helping organizations identify the skills they need, build employee skills, and launch tailored learning journeys.
Upskilling is not just a response to the current crisis; it's a long-term strategy that will help organizations become more resilient and adaptable in the face of future disruptions. By focusing on the essential elements of a successful upskilling program, companies can ensure they are well-equipped to navigate the changing business landscape.