As a result of the emerging new business climate in a post-Covid environment, many jobs have had to adapt into a new structure. Since many businesses have found themselves in a more digitised environment or in jobs that have been retrenched, there’s a growing need for skilled individuals in other sectors to step up.
A heavy focus has been on reskilling or upskilling employees to assist in economic recovery. It’s no longer just a recommendation for employees to be multiskilled – it’s now more necessary than ever.
Reskilling and upskilling can take place in three ways:
- Formal learning, like at university or TAFE
- Non-formal learning (learning activities that don’t result in a certificate but do result in skills)
- Informal learning (learning from colleagues, supervisors etc)
This can then lead to either viable transitions in employment, or desirable transitions in employment.
- A viable job transition involves moving from one job to another that is highly similar in terms of required knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities, education levels and experience.
- A desirable transition for a job seeker or worker would result in higher wages in a field of work that is expanding rather than declining
There are many schemes available to employees and employers that can assist in upskilling. Employees may look into:
- Fee-free courses (such as those that are TAFE or university endorsed)
- Online workshops
- Short courses
- Certification (such as first aid or RSA)
Employers can also look into funding schemes from the government to help support their employees during this time.