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Why Now is the Perfect Time to Reskill & Upskill

24-Jun-2020 14:53 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

Have you been thinking about refreshing your skills? Perhaps you'd like to learn a new set of skills? Well, now is the perfect time.

It is no mystery that there is going to be a lot of uncertainty for the next 6-12 months. The impact of COVID-19 has been felt globally with people having to adjust most aspects of their lives. From not being able to visit loved ones, to not being able to dine at your favourite restaurants, to literally having to dodge people on the street, our lives have changed unequivocally. One space where we feel it most? The workplace.

Professionals across the world working in full time, contract and casual positions have experienced the devastating effects of being made redundant, having their hours cut or experienced a significant pay reduction. With unprecedented scenarios emerging daily, how do you remain 'relevant'? By upskilling and reskilling.

First, we must explore the difference between upskilling & reskilling. To upskill is to update our current knowledge whereas too reskill is to learn new things.

Now, let's explore why now is the perfect time to upskill & reskill...

1. Reskilling & Upskilling can be done easier then ever via remote learning

Thanks to companies like Zoom, GoToMeeting, GoogleHangouts etc, learning remotely has become uncomplicated. Attending virtual sessions combined with online self paced learning is an effective way of gaining new skills & updating existing ones. Virtual classrooms also allow you to upskill & reskill employees regardless of their location. Employees can work together in small breakout “rooms”, take surveys and polls, watch videos and more.

ISM is offering a range of courses virtually, contact us on 1300 200 705 to find out more.

2. Government funding

Government funding is available for a range of different courses throughout the nation. Do your research and find out what you are eligible for and how you can make the most out of funding.

Smart & Skilled funding is available for some courses in New South Wales. Also, check out the information on your eligibility for Traineeships.

Read our recent blog on How To Benefit From Funding To Upskill Workers Over 45.

3. Maintain your productivity

In a time where things may be quieter, putting your focus on growing your skills, will keep your productivity levels high. It can also help us find new ways of working more effectively, whether we are working form our home or the office.

Upskilling & reskilling delivers not only new and renewed skills but also renews enthusiasm and in-turn, productivity. By obtaining more skills under your belt, you will be able to take on more tasks and roles that you never would have previously accomplished before.

4. Stand out & expand your range of offerings

Continued education gives you the opportunity to enhance your value in the workplace. In a time where the future is so uncertain, to be able to diversify and expand your offerings by reskilling & upskilling, you are giving yourself the opportunity to stand out from the crowd.

ISM have over 25 years experience working with finance & business professionals. We would love to help you grow your business and your career.

If you would like to find out more, ISM recently hosted a webinar on 3 Steps to upskill & reskill your staff and how you can benefit from government funding to do so! Watch the webinar here.


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