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3 Reasons to Rethink Our Use of the Terms Reskilling and Upskilling | ATD

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The Most Effective Talent Development Frameworks for the New Workplace

Reskilling, upskilling, and out skilling are catch-all terms that have outlived their utility as talent development descriptors. At least three reasons exist for the TD profession to relegate these terminologies to their original meaning and embrace new vocabulary. Upskilling and reskilling are short descriptions of TD’s vital tasks, particularly in the modern world of work. Our responsibilities do not end with catching up with personnel who fall behind quickly changing needs. Employees often associate the words reskilling and upskilling with negative connotations.

They sound as though they are being referred to as antiquated or broken. The McKinsey Global Institute identified 56 essential talents for the future of work, of which only a tiny percentage were technical. Employees may experience obsolescence or perform below acceptable standards in certain circumstances. Maintain integrity and transparency in certain situations; retrain or upskill that personnel. As TD professionals, we foster an environment of continual learning and encourage our staff to participate in their development and careers.

In 2015, the Conference Board issued an essay titled “Future-Skilling Your Workforce.” A future-skills plan encompasses all stages of the employment lifecycle and all talent. It’s about cultivating ongoing and sustainable skills that are intrinsically linked to its mission, culture, and objectives.

Source: https://www.td.org/atd-blog/3-reasons-to-rethink-our-use-of-the-terms-reskilling-and-upskilling

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