What do we mean by Upskilling?
Upskilling is not simply a matter of teaching people how to code or use a new device. It is more speculative about the skills that are needed and gives employees the tools and ability to continuously learn in a digital world.
Upskilling can be a more dynamic way of learning than traditional classroom-based delivery. Individuals create their own learning paths and pick up skills on the go via mobile learning modules.
Typically, an upskilling initiative follows a strategic workforce assessment that identifies which skills will be needed in the future and which are most at risk of disappearing.
What do we mean by Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP)?
SWP is the proactive, data driven analysis of current workforce supply and future demand to build the capabilities and capacity to achieve an organisation's strategy. It considers options such as recruiting external staff, borrowing staff via secondments, upskilling the existing workforce and rebalancing resources across an organisation.
It can range from a periodic review of resource requirements to a proactive strategy that identifies future workforce risks. There are now several analytical tools that can assist.