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01.03.2022 Company Culture

How to boost skills with employee hard skills training (and why you should do it!)

How to boost skills with employee hard skills training (and why you should do it!)

Hard and soft skills have their differences, we know that. And, we know that both soft and hard skills are important in their own way. But if you need to improve the hard skill set of your team or help to upskill an individual, how do you do it?

In this post, we’ll give you the knowledge you need to provide your team with a hard skills booster, along with some hard skills training examples to get you started.

Why should employers provide hard skills training?

If you’re considering investing into giving your employees a hard skills booster, you may have your hesitations. Are your employees not already skilled enough? What will the payoff be? Is it worthwhile?

In short, it is. Employees can never be too skilled, and if you want to strengthen your team then it is time to invest in your staff’s hard skills. Here’s why:

You’ll keep up with the industry

Just because you’re not training your employees on the latest industry trends, processes, and updates, that doesn’t mean the industry isn’t changing. In fast-paced areas such as web development, healthcare, and design, things can change rapidly and if you’re not constantly learning you risk being left behind. Especially as your competitors may be training their employees while you hesitate!

Cross-department connection

Not all training needs to be improving on existing skills. Horizontal learning is just as important, and has the added benefit of improving your cross-department connections.

If you have two teams that work closely together, but don’t fully understand each other, then there is a chance that they’re not reaching their peak productivity. Providing basic hard skills training here can help them to better collaborate, speed up processes, and improve working relationships.

Expansion into new areas

Hard skills training can also ensure that your business doesn’t sit stagnant, and instead continues to grow and expand.

Say, for example, you have a Graphic Designer who is highly skilled at static images but hasn’t tried out any motion graphics yet. Providing this employee with training in this area will not only better their employee experience, but will mean your company can move forward in these areas.

How to train for hard skills?

There are countless different hard skills that exist in the professional world (and beyond!). So covering them all in one article would be near impossible. Instead, here are a few different hard skill examples (and how to train them) that can be adapted to your company’s needs.

Technical skills

Technical skills are sure to play a huge role in your company, whatever the industry.

One of the easiest ways to train these is via specialist courses. Whether this involves studying at a local university, taking a DistilledU course, or having a tutor come into your workplace to bestow their knowledge.

The best part of technical skills courses is that they can be tested and a certification or qualification can be earned. This gives your employee something material and gives you reassurance your money was well spent.

For more specific skills, it is also worth checking whether the tool of your choice offers a course of their own. For example, the Google Digital Academy offers online Google Analytics courses for free!

Language skills

Language skills are an excellent way of expanding your company into new markets.

A great way to teach these skills is by teaming up with a local language school to offer group lessons or private tutoring for relevant individuals. Of course, e-learning platforms also offer these courses if school courses aren’t an option.

Marketing skills

Marketing makes sure your product or service is actually something your customers can find. Just as a company can provide sales training, providing marketing training to other teams is a great way to get your name out there.

There are plenty of video courses, e-learning paths, and other ways to learn this skill. For example, LinkedIn offers a “Develop Your Marketing Skills” pathway that can help to teach you the basics and beyond.

Wider skillsets

Another excellent way to help employees learn new skills from any area of the business is to offer a certain employee the opportunity to work with another team.

For example, an Office Manager may benefit from doing a secondment with the HR department for a period of time. During this time, they may learn popular recruiting techniques, how to deal with onboarding employees, or other areas in which they can help.

This could be for a short or extended period, whether it is a full secondment, or simply shadowing another employee for a few days. Either way, the experience gained will be priceless!

Certifications

Certifications are a great way to bring expert knowledge into your team, in a proven way.

This could be anything from a member of your team receiving fire marshall training or first aid training, to a more niche skill, such as a Warehouse Associate receiving their forklift training.

Other examples include:

Certification courses can either be found locally or from websites such as Coursera.

Bring new skills onboard

One thing that makes skill sharing, upskilling, and generally improving the awareness of what skills are out there infinitely easier, is having skilled people on board in the first place!

Finding skilled employees to bring into the team is easier with JOIN. Our easy-to-use, free talent attraction software gives you everything you need to create job postings, share them on job boards and manage your applications all from one place. Once you’ve brought these talented individuals to the team, the possibilities are endless!

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