Skills Development Points & 7 Important Soft Skills Required For Upskilling At Work

Skills development points require companies to accumulate a maximum of 25 points on the Skills Development element under the Generic Scorecard for Codes of Good Practice. Upskilling and young employees who wish to enhance their skill sets can easily do so with SA Business School. We are a SETA-accredited training provider, and offer an array of quality training and executive courses, through three key academic options: Management Development, Learnerships, and Bespoke Training Development and Delivery.

Better yet, we can help make upskilling efficient and simple to do because we provide training delivery and complete service to analyse, evaluate and implement your company’s training needs, or to ensure your staff obtains a full qualification in a cost-effective manner. With our flexible approach to training, delegates can either train at our campuses or at our client’s venue of choice.

The landscape of employment is constantly changing which is why we should be more adaptable and flexible. Simply having a degree may not be enough. In fact, for growth and progression to take place, the one thing that remains vital in every business and industry is that employees and management need to continuously upskill. We predict seven soft skill trends in the workplace to evolve in your career during 2022.

Moreover, the third edition of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Job Report predicts that more than 50% of the world’s working population will need reskilling by 2025. Also, people tend to use the terms reskilling and upskilling as interchangeable concepts and do not realise that they are different terms.

Our mission is to close the skills gap and help employers realise that our people are the greatest asset. Skills development points are important, but it is their attitude toward personal growth that determines the success or failure of your skills development efforts.

Skills Development Points:  The Difference Between Reskilling & Upskilling

An employee who wants to learn and develop a brand-new set of skills (both hard and soft skills) to execute an entirely new job function, requires RESKILLING, whereas UPSKILLING refers to developing skills or teaching your workers new soft skills to enhance and promote their efficiency in their current work position.

When you reskill employees, they will also be upskilled in soft skills to advance and grow in that new career. Learning and constantly developing your skills is paramount for the future workplace. Learning helps you to understand something you have understood all your life, but in a unique way.

7 Important Soft Skills Required For Upskilling At Work

Technology has opened the door to a variety of ways to work and as Artificial Intelligence takes over there are certain soft skills that guard against a robot replacing you. It is evident that in the future you should be highly skilled to remain competitive in the job market.

If young employers want skills development points, then these seven soft skills below should help them to upskill and progress in current positions or within a brand-new career.

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1. Continuous, Enthusiastic, Life-Long Learning

At SA Business School, we believe that committing to lifelong learning will get employers further than those who do not.

The past 2 years proved that learning is the key to adapting, changing, and becoming flexible. It is imperative that you and your staff commit to lifelong learning and upskilling in critical skills that will address the core business challenges you face with the knowledge to overcome those hurdles, you will set your team up for success.

We are not the kind of training company that doles out minimum required content for your delegates so you can tick a box on a scorecard.

Instead, we focus on imparting the most relevant, aligned content in the most engaging, absorptive formats. We are pioneering adult learning solutions that bolster understanding, knowledge, job satisfaction, and self-confidence that improves individual and organisational capabilities.

Sure, it is a way to maximise your BBBEE advantage, but more importantly, it is a way to maximise the potential of your people and your company. Find out how it works. 

2. Analytical Thinking

The ability to think analytically by observing, collecting, and interpreting information to help with developing solutions to solve problems and make well-informed decisions is a high-demand skill hiring managers look for in candidates because it helps them to identify and define problems. These individuals can solve problems and make well-informed decisions, obtain vital information from data, and develop practical solutions to problems.

Developing these skills will contribute to skills development points and enable employers to get the most unique and doable solution ideal to resolve the problem. Analytical Thinking also causes employees to foster habits of constantly reinventing themselves, processes, and procedures. Through this, they and the business become highly adaptable.

Check out our Leadership Development programmes. 

The programmes we offer and the network we nurture helps people change themselves, their businesses, and the world.

We accomplish this by bringing the latest leadership research and training to our program delegates so they can better engage with others and build our country’s future. From learnership participants to established leaders, Leadership Centre for Excellence has an offering for every stage of the leadership journey.

Our Leadership programmes are fully integrated with the FutureFit Academy and take delegates on journeys that ensure they are ready to lead in the future world of work.

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3. Managing Stress & Being More Flexible

Modern living is stressful, and we all experience it, however not dealing with it can overtake your life.

Both the pandemic and the crashing economy affected both our emotional and mental states negatively. Suddenly our stress levels spiked, and our mental and emotional well-being became a focal point. Recruiters will look for candidates who can go with the flow and turn negative stress into positive self-motivation.

Therefore, employers should constantly upskill their current employees in stress management because people who are flexible and possess the right techniques when they are experiencing stress, ease the tension and can not only calm themselves but also their peers. When employees can turn their stress into self-motivation, they are easier to manage and require less supervision.  Regularly composed employees are not only healthier, but become mindful, which will help them, and their team members grow a positive presence within the company.

Understanding Skills Development is no longer just ‘nice-to-have’, it is a necessity for all South African companies. Now your company can achieve the full 25 points available under the Skills Development Section of the new BBBEE codes.

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4. Multifaceted Problem-Solving Abilities

Problems are tough decisions waiting to make.

The key to a successful team or business is solving a problem before it turns into a crisis. Having problem-solving skills is non-negotiable and will stop people from playing the blame game.

Hiring managers have always sought potential candidates with the ability to solve problems whether it was for a frontline, factory worker, or management position. In 2022 and going forward, a more innovative approach to problem-solving and decision-making will give job seekers an added advantage. Businesses that equip their current staff with these skills will gain a competitive edge.

Our skills programmes are short practical SETA-accredited courses addressing specific needs like problem-solving, within a company or industry. These courses may last one to four days and consist of either one or different unit standards. A learner may obtain skills development points and credits towards a registered qualification through completing appropriate skills programmes.

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5. Ethic Leadership Development

In today’s fast-paced business world, honesty and integrity are critical and corruption and unethical behaviour are seen as part of doing business.

People try to take shortcuts that might give them results quicker in the short term but doing things right will ensure long-term success and build trust among your employees and business partners.

Skills development points are important, but integrity is a trait that hiring managers are looking for, along with intelligence, and energy.

Integrity helps leaders establish long-term collaboration between stakeholders and future business success. When one has a positive work ethic and leadership skills our attitude shows job dedication and satisfaction. This adds value to any organisation, and it demonstrates management and peers’ traits like being able to collaborate with one another, taking ownership and responsibility, being reliable, as well as increasing one’s productivity.

6. Creativity And Curiosity

Creativity, curiosity, and initiative spark innovation and increase productivity, naturally making these skills very sought-after workplace skills.

Since natural curiosity declines as we grow older, developing this trait will take constant effort to convert the mindset. Creativity, in turn, promotes collaboration and encourages information-seeking. These are valuable skills because it pursues exploring and solving problems with innovative ideas and solutions giving business a competitive edge.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein.

Upskilling and accumulating skills development points are only beneficial if you can remain curious about what there is to learn and imagine.

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7. Communication Through Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is a buzzword that constantly sparks interest.

Required in all work aspects, companies, and job titles, emotional intelligence is being self-aware.

Emotional intelligence is all about how you work with your human emotions to communicate effectively and relate better to people and situations. This skill directly influences how we manage people, solve problems, deal with change, manage behaviours and motivate.

An emotionally intelligent manager knows his/her own emotional state and knows how to best work with it but also understands his/her employees’ emotions. Empathy is a leading emotion in EQ (aka Emotional Intelligence). It affects how we communicate, act, and make our decisions. High EQ people are companionate in their communication efforts. They are willing to assist others, reliable, and can neutralise conflict situations better.

When dealing with our diverse workforces and cultural differences, EQ is also a valuable skill to establish how to give and receive constructive criticism, create wellness at work, and promote teamwork.

The jobs of the future will require both a reskilling and upskilling mixture of hard and soft skills. HR managers, workplace training professionals, and training institutions all need to help people bridge the gaps during this year and the years to come.

To find out about skills development points, upskilling, or reskilling please contact us and our team will be happy to assist your needs.

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