Upskilling – A Win-Win Situation: Dilipkumar Khandelwal, MD, Deutsche Bank
Only learning organisations have what it takes to survive in the long run. The knowledge gained through an academic degree needs to be supplemented by relevant industry knowledge and skills over the course of our careers; hence, corporations are increasingly investing in upskilling their employees. Upskilling, in today’s corporate world, means enhancing competencies which help companies adapt to the dynamic business environment, exercise agility and maximise productivity. From an employer’s perspective, upskilling enables employees to align with their career aspirations and enhance their know-how.
At Deutsche Bank, our initiatives try to ensure that our talent is always learning, unlearning and relearning based on how the industry keeps evolving. An excellent example of this is the Cary Tech Academy within our Cary, US Tech centre. The Tech Academy enables hands-on training for developers by their local SME colleagues. It offers resources even for graduates through ‘DB Academy Bootcamp’. The Bootcamp provides courses for graduates who are starting their careers. The courses traverse various fields; employees can learn technical skills like Java, or even enhance their understanding of business and master process-related topics like SDLC and Agile. We have just started a Cary Google Cloud Learning Sprint, which is open to all employees, providing a structured path to get the know-how on using Cloud with hands-on exercises. The curriculum provides benefit of support from the Tech Academy faculty plus other channels of guidance. This course also helps the developers receive their Google Associate Cloud Engineer certification.
Another crucial aspect of such internal training programmes and what they enable, especially in the current times when employees are working remotely for most of 2020, is driving collaboration. The employees get a chance to come together as a community and build sustainable relationships which are based on learning together.
Learning acts as an accelerant to unleash innovations that can make you stand out in the market. It would be fair to say that upskilling and reskilling will eventually be ingrained in the DNA of all future companies and they will act as essential tools in the company’s arsenal, to make a #PositiveImpact in this changing environment.