How to Upskill Yourself

Upskilling is something that is becoming increasingly relevant, particularly in today’s climate, when everyone is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many individuals have found themselves rethink their careers. Upskilling has also become necessary to survive in the current job market, which is ever more competitive and fast-paced.

In this article, we will outline what it means to upskill yourself, why it’s beneficial, and how to do it.

What is Upskilling?


Upskilling is the process of learning additional skills and competencies.

This means that employees add to their existing knowledge and skillsets to keep up with the new trends and retain business. If employees do not upskill, they will add to the skill gap – the gap between the number of roles that require certain skills and the number of people that actually possess those skills. 

Why is it Beneficial to Upskill?


There are many benefits of upskilling yourself, which include:

  • It gives you the potential to progress within your chosen career.
  • Research has shown that upskilling boosts your morale and productivity
  • It boosts your employability and potential to change to a slightly different job.

Upskilling isn’t just beneficial when training for a new job. It can simply help you to broaden your horizons at the business you currently work for.

How Can You Upskill Yourself?


You can upskill yourself in a variety of different ways, depending on what’s right for you and your career. Discuss your intentions with your employer as they may be extremely passionate about investing in your future. There are many tools on the internet that can help you to identify which skills you would like to gain. 

Tools like Barclays LifeSkills’ Wheel of Strengths can also give you a good starting point in exploring what you would like to develop.

Let us support you with your career goals

We deliver apprenticeship programmes. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you will be paid an apprentice wage, apprenticeship programmes can be used to upskill existing staff and do not change your contract of employment.