Upskilling Your Business

22 Oct 2015

Apart from meeting basic legal requirements, leading businesses recognise that upskilling employees is one of the best investments you can make. Our free SSSP document can help you do this. 

People who know what they are doing, do a better job. Apart from meeting basic legal requirements, leading businesses recognise that upskilling employees is one of the best investments you can make. Competent employees are less likely to injure themselves, more productive, more likely to feel motivated and loyal to a company because they feel valued.

Benefits of Workplace Training

Safety - Studies have shown that there is a significant drop in both accidents and severity of injuries where employees have been regularly trained in workplace safety.

Motivation - When people are provided with training that enables them to work more efficiently, it leads to higher motivation levels and confidence to come up with innovative ideas.

Productivity - With an increase in motivation, employees become aware of the benefits of improved workflow and are able to further increase productivity.

Innovation - As the overall skill level rises, the business will be motivated to adopt new technologies and methods to become more efficient.

Job Satisfaction - The self-confidence gained with new knowledge also provides staff with a healthy level of perspective and self-esteem.

Staff Loyalty - When staff are provided with training, it demonstrates a belief, trust and commitment to their continued employment.

Training is important and effective, but it's also important to figure out what the best training is for your employees. First figure out the skills and competencies needed for the company and then for individual staff members. Staff should be involved in this process to ensure it is thorough and to get their buy-in. It's also vital that training and competency be recorded in a register.

Tips on Deciding Workplace Training

Understand the job - Break down each job and work out the specific skills needed for each plant, material or equipment item, processes or activities.

Understand your employees' skills - Clearly identify the existing skills and competencies of your employees. This can be carried out by a review of past training, a discussion to test their knowledge base, and observing their work.

Identify the gap - Training is required where there is a gap between the skills and knowledge needed for a job and what the employee can actually do.

Fill the gap with appropriate training - Decide how to best fill the skill and competency gap by referring to specific regulations or best practice guides for help, research into different training providers and ask your local site safe advisor for help. Also think about the best delivery method - formal, informal, on the job, or e-learning.

Our free to download Site Specific Safety Plan (SSSP) has a training register to help you record and map out your employee's competency.