November 8th was National STEM Day. This holiday celebrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education throughout the United States. STEM education doesn’t have to stop at the classroom though, and this holiday is a great opportunity to explore how to support members of your organization with upskilling training in STEM fields.
What is upskilling?
Upskilling refers to the process of individuals learning new skills. Upskilling, reskilling, retraining, and even new-skilling are used interchangeably for the process.
By 2030, as many as 375 million workers, or roughly 14% of the global workforce, may need to switch occupational categories as digitization, automation, and advances in artificial intelligence disrupt the world of work. To put that shift into context, it will have about the same impact on the workforce as the industrial revolution did, which means it is a great idea to take a proactive stance when it comes to offering upskilling programs in your workplace.
Upskilling your workforce isn’t only beneficial to workers learning new skills, it can also help your organization create the kind of expertise your business requires. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that nearly 60 percent of U.S. employers have job openings that stay vacant for 12 weeks or longer. HR managers say extended job vacancies can cost companies more than $800,000 annually.
Popular courses for upskilling in STEM include:
- Supply chain management
- Graphic design
- Software development
- Operations research
- Systems Engineering
Looking to upskill your workforce but not sure where to start? With courses offered in multiple languages, and available on multiple devices, OpenSesame helps companies like yours develop the world’s most developed and admired global workforces. For more information on how OpenSesame can save you time and money by curating the right courses for your organization, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org today.