Upskilling is deepening and advancing a worker’s core competencies. As Joe Mullings, chairman and CEO of medtech talent acquisition company the Mullings Group, explains, “Upskilling focuses on training employees who are going to stay in their current position or career path.” The COVID-induced shift to remote work has made soft skills key core competencies. But these need honing for workers to be successful in their roles.
Reskilling, on the other hand, is teaching someone skill sets they lack entirely—“training employees for a completely new occupation,” says Mullings. Nearly everybody has some soft skills; they just could use fine-tuning, or upskilling.