Definition of upskill in US English:

upskill

verb

[with object]
  • 1Teach (an employee) additional skills.

    ‘this is an opportunity to upskill staff and expand their capabilities’
    ‘the upskilling of the labor force’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Therefore, he argues, policies on skills and upskilling the workforce cannot be viewed in isolation from other areas of social and economic development.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Yorkshire has got a long way to go to constantly upskill its people.’
    • ‘As last week's electronics action plan highlights, Scottish-based industries will have a role to play in reskilling and upskilling our workers.’
    • ‘It would also not catch ex - New Zealand soldiers who assist with upskilling the armed forces of a particular country.’
    • ‘And it has a division that specialises in upskilling companies ' marketing teams.’
    • ‘Terry Barker, the Services to the Unemployed Worker at CANDO, had a particular interest in computers as a mechanism for upskilling the unemployed.’
    • ‘Today, rather than outsourcing tasks, companies are choosing to take those jobs in-house and need to upskill existing staff to meet these requirements.’
    • ‘We need to upskill them; we need to build up the capacity of our communities.’
    • ‘As well as upskilling the participants, it gives the seven rural areas a tool with which to promote themselves on the world-wide-web.’
    • ‘If technology companies fail to upskill and improve their international sales and marketing capability, however, they will be left behind.’
    • ‘"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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By contrast, training requirements in the public sector remain relatively buoyant, with many government departments taking on technical trainers to upskill internal programmers.’
    • ‘Workers will be humanised by future technology, not made redundant, upskilled instead of being made obsolete.’
    • ‘New Zealand First is aware that the bill in itself will not upskill social workers.’
    • ‘Top level remuneration will require authorised adviser status, upskilling and focusing on more upmarket clients.’
    • ‘The whole thrust of this Government's strategy is to upskill New Zealanders in order to fill those jobs.’
    • ‘The solution is to put some investment into our industry training organisations and upskill our builders.’
    1. 1.1no 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.’
      • ‘While some companies might look at downsizing in a tightening economy other companies might upskill and provide more training.’
      • ‘We have to upskill across a wider number of people to increase the pool of potential staff.’

Pronunciation

upskill

/ˈəpˌskil//ˈəpˌskɪl/