up·​skill ˌəp-ˈskil How to pronounce upskill (audio)
upskilled; upskilling; upskills
transitive : to provide (someone, such as an employee) with more advanced skills through additional education and training
The company invests significant time and resources to upskill and train its employees …Santhosh Ramdoss
intransitive : to acquire more advanced skills through additional education and training
Workers who upskill are likely to exhibit stronger problem-solving abilities, a higher level of productivity, and better performance overall.Chandler Macleod Group
upskilling noun
Companies need to direct investments in training, tuition reimbursement and new approaches to upskilling so that employees are ready to step into new and better jobs across a wider range of areas. Margaret Keane
… rapid change in all industries means that our skills have a shelf life and constant upskilling is essential.

Examples of upskill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For most workers, the future will be less about evaporating job opportunities and more about a pressing need to upskill. Jane Thier, Fortune, 23 Dec. 2023 Individuals will need to upskill often, as requirements change rapidly along with greater automation of even complex tasks. François Candelon, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2023 For Gen Zers, an employer who’s willing to upskill them is a huge draw, Gevelber said. Jane Thier, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2023 And 59% of strategists are implementing training to upskill current employees, compared to 46% of tacticians. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 15 June 2023 Through online learning marketplaces, employers have the opportunity to upskill and better retain employees with online learning experiences. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 As a result, the airline industry as a whole struggled to upskill their workers—and hire new ones to meet demand. Byjane Thier, Fortune, 9 June 2023 This also opens opportunities for students and professionals to upskill and leverage the growing industry. Parna Sarkar-Basu, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 Just as employees today need to upskill to be ready for the future, companies need to upskill their network and build it around their teams and users to make the perfect collaborative ecosystem. Song Toh, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of upskill was in 1978

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“Upskill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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