Upskilling vs. Reskilling: The Beginner’s Guide to a Winning Skilling Strategy

Two different talent development strategies, both crucial for meeting your organization's talent needs.
differences between upskilling and reskilling
  • Defining the difference between upskilling vs. reskilling (with real-world examples)
  • Explain the top strategic benefits of upskilling and reskilling for your talent strategy
  • Point you in the right strategic direction for your organization

Upskilling vs reskilling: Defined

A real-world example of upskilling

A real-world example of reskilling

Key takeaway?

Top strategic benefits of upskilling

1. To promote employees into open roles in their departments

  • Reduced onboarding time: The internal institutional knowledge of your systems, culture, and processes
  • Boosted employee engagement: Team morale and healthy competition spikes when team members watch their peers effectively getting promoted
  • Increased program adoption: Word-of-mouth and success stories are powerful marketing tools to help drive program adoption and foster a culture of career mobility

2. To hedge against the half-life of skills

3. To create unique skill sets that are rare in the market

Top strategic benefits of reskilling

1. To proactively combat the scarcity of digital and technical skills

2. To reduce recruitment costs by building talent from within

3. To increase frontline talent attraction

Bolster your talent strategy with both upskilling and reskilling

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