5 benefits of upskilling in the trades

In today’s ever-changing world, developing your skills and knowledge is crucial to stay up-to-date and further your career opportunities. And there’s no doubt that upskilling has a valuable return on investment whether you’re looking to go further in your current industry or branch out into a new one. 

So, why upskill? 

Mick Fitzgerald, Director of Options Skills, shares his top five benefits of upskilling in the trades industry. 

1. Stand out from the crowd

No matter the industry you’re in, there will be competition. For instance, in London alone, there is one tradesperson for every 130.6 households. (Source: ProbuilderMag) But upskilling and offering customers a wider range of services could be exactly the unique selling point you need to beat the competition.

2. Increase your earning potential

With new skills come new opportunities, and whether you’re employed or self-employed, it can make a world of difference to your earning potential.

Upskilling while employed shows your employer that you’re dedicated and hard-working- and those new skills could lead to promotion and a pay rise.

When you’re self-employed, upskilling allows you to offer more services to customers and attract new ones.

3. Personal Growth

When you’ve been in the same industry for a long time, it can be easy to get stuck doing the same thing daily. But, by upskilling and adding new strings to your bow, you’ll challenge yourself to learn something new and increase your confidence and skills, leading to more enjoyment in your career.

4.  Stay up-to-date

With more rigid regulations and developing techniques and appliances, it’s easy to get left behind and for qualifications to become outdated. Whether you’re renewing your ACS qualifications or updating wiring regulations, staying up to date keeps you in the know and working legally.

5.  Future-proof your career path

The industry is changing now more than ever. With the move towards Net-Zero, eco-friendly energy and heating options becoming more readily available and an increasing housing market, it’s essential to be ahead of the curve and future-proof your career path.

For example, as a gas engineer, renewable energy training will enable you to upskill and become a gas and heating engineer, while for electricians, EV Charging Point training will prepare you as 23% of new cars are expected to be plug-in by 2025. (Source: Electrek)

Did you know that Powered Now subscribers can benefit from a 20% discount against selected Options Skills training courses? Contact us to find out more.

For more information about upskilling in the trades industry or to create your own bespoke training package, get in touch with Powered Now partner's Options Skills.

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