Why Upskilling is important?

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On a busy Wednesday morning, the marketing team had a chance to interview Ankush Mehandroo, Senior Manager – L & D. These are the insights shared by him on #Upskilling and why is it important in every growing organization.


Why Upskilling is important?

Organizational Upskilling is a persistent process that has an advantageous facet for all stakeholders. Helping employees upskill and to retain them via ‘On the Job Training’ is inherent in every organization’s policies and procedures. Be it a startup, Mid-Tier or a multinational Company, the number of #Upskilling programs send a clear message to employees that the organization cares about their future. This in turn has motivated the employees to care about the future of their organization.

Upskilling refers to the development of inculcating and imbibing new skills to the current employees of the organization. With emerging technology, it plays a very important role in today’s digital world as it creates various types of employment opportunities. That strategic moment a graduate steps into the corporate world wearing their formals, realizing his or her core skills. Be it Digital Transformation, or Agile Transformation or Lean Process training – every day is important and one step towards a different world.

‘The day one employee stops learning and appreciates that they know everything is the day you’re already out of the game’. “All of us require being motivated, creative and ready to put in the energy towards making learning a lifetime journey.” One needs to embrace constant learning as a fundamental and integral part for professional development—today and for the rest of your career.

According to a research done by Mettl ‘, The success of any organization depends on its ability to address rapidly evolving business scenarios. To achieve this, organizations must update their employees on trends, through extensive Learning and Development initiatives’. Consider this point, Organizations nowadays using LMS learning management systems through Learning and development program material. By proving the point that, organization nowadays are not taking a backseat and saying goodbye to their employees as there’s no value addition, this creates an equal opportunity for employees to be in the game.

To ensure a continuous learning culture, employees should feel the urge to learn rather than organizations making learning and development session a compulsory and a mandated activity. The Baby boomers, millennial, Gen Z etc everyone should cater to the terms of up-skilling demands/ requirements.

How Collabera HTD adds value to clients?

Since Collabera has been in the industry for many years because of which we are aware of the client’s needs. HTD staffing service provider finds the right candidates from various sources, trains them on the exact skill set required by the organizations and deploys them to client’s location once the training is over. This HTD model has also self-evolved to the level of appointing workforces from an unrelated domain/ industry/ background and re-skilling the employee from basics of business, meanwhile also being sensitive to the need to ensure job readiness from day 1, from a time to market perspective. Hence every sphere of employee development and skilling is ever evolving and is more driven by the reality of a VUCA world.

What is we look at for the millennials or anyone who comes into the role? The kind of behavior or attitude Collabera looks at while hiring?

We look at someone who has positive attitude and is passionate about work. Who is agile and adaptive to scenarios and is open about learning new things. The great thing about learning is that it is a continuous process, especially when fostered by the organization and its culture. As the world is changing fast through innovation and technologies at the workplace. Ankush Mehandroo -who is a Senior Manager of L&D at Collabera, mentioned “What Got You There Will Not Get You There” one should always look out to upskill and upgrade their skill-set. It can only happen when one comes out of their comfort zone. Therefore, gaining those skills are in-demand becomes important for success.


How organizations are taking the lead in upskilling its employees through learning and development?

Organizations are better off focusing on training and upskilling their current workforce as this improves employee retention and loyalty.  Classrooms and lectures are now slowly becoming a thing of the past. Today’s learning atmosphere is more dynamic than ever. The preferred learning approach has now turned the way of active learning methods which includes experiential learning, roleplays, case studies and gamification ways of making people learn. By adding gamification and fun to the learning experience the attention of learners can be captured. Monitoring the individuals post the session is very critical to understand how well they have nurtured themselves through the training program. The moment the individual walks out of training program it all depends on how the process is practised and executed. Here execution becomes the key, and well do they take it forward.

Author Profile: Ankush Mehandroo is a Senior Manager in L&D. He Leads All Learning & development interventions and drives results across all International business (IB) regions. Also Identify training needs and analyze strategies, Lead the design and development of all training solutions, incorporating adult learning principles, Evaluation of training programs that drives achievement of organizational goals for core business units like, Business Development, Sales, Operations and Delivery


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