Definition of upskill in English:



  • 1 Teach (an employee) additional skills.

    ‘this is an opportunity to upskill staff and expand their capabilities’
    ‘the upskilling of the labour force’
    • ‘That is why, of course, the licensed building practitioner regime is being delayed for 5 years - to give time for people to be upskilled and to meet the requirements.’
    • ‘It would also not catch ex - New Zealand soldiers who assist with upskilling the armed forces of a particular country.’
    • ‘The whole thrust of this Government's strategy is to upskill New Zealanders in order to fill those jobs.’
    • ‘We are trying to upskill New Zealanders, so that they can move forward confidently into the future.’
    • ‘Of course, recent events to ensure border security in places like the Solomons also highlight the need to upskill and increase the availability of our armed forces.’
    • ‘We need to upskill them, make life more attractive for them in the school system, and ensure that they get through and into the universities.’
    • ‘New Zealand First is aware that the bill in itself will not upskill social workers.’
    • ‘"We believe this will add value to our customers and potentially upskill them," said David Thorburn, head of corporate banking at Clydesdale West and North.’
    • ‘Top level remuneration will require authorised adviser status, upskilling and focusing on more upmarket clients.’
    • ‘Today, rather than outsourcing tasks, companies are choosing to take those jobs in-house and need to upskill existing staff to meet these requirements.’
    • ‘The Committee will recall that the cost of upskilling his staff, or registering the departmental staff in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, was about $30 million.’
    • ‘We need to upskill them; we need to build up the capacity of our communities.’
    • ‘The solution is to put some investment into our industry training organisations and upskill our builders.’
    • ‘As last week's electronics action plan highlights, Scottish-based industries will have a role to play in reskilling and upskilling our workers.’
    • ‘As well as upskilling the participants, it gives the seven rural areas a tool with which to promote themselves on the world-wide-web.’
    • ‘By contrast, training requirements in the public sector remain relatively buoyant, with many government departments taking on technical trainers to upskill internal programmers.’
    • ‘So does that mean they can hold a licence but not really be upskilled to the level that is required and that the board is requiring of others?’
    • ‘If technology companies fail to upskill and improve their international sales and marketing capability, however, they will be left behind.’
    • ‘Therefore, he argues, policies on skills and upskilling the workforce cannot be viewed in isolation from other areas of social and economic development.’
    • ‘And it has a division that specialises in upskilling companies ' marketing teams.’
    • ‘Yorkshire has got a long way to go to constantly upskill its people.’
    • ‘Workers will be humanised by future technology, not made redundant, upskilled instead of being made obsolete.’
    • ‘Terry Barker, the Services to the Unemployed Worker at CANDO, had a particular interest in computers as a mechanism for upskilling the unemployed.’
    1. 1.1[no object](of an employee) learn additional skills.
      ‘they will provide grants of up to 75% for staff who decide to upskill’
      • ‘You know, all of us are now working under increasing time pressures, and we need to upskill and retrain more frequently.’
      • ‘But the Government can give people employability for life, a chance to upskill and change career direction.’
      • ‘Part-time studying is set to grow due to the need for upskilling and retraining in today's fluid economy.’
      • ‘We have to upskill across a wider number of people to increase the pool of potential staff.’
      • ‘While some companies might look at downsizing in a tightening economy other companies might upskill and provide more training.’