Employees should have the responsibility to find ways to improve their skills set, but it would also be beneficial to companies if they provide their people opportunities for learning and improving.
Encourage self-learning. Several companies provide book and magazine allowances for their employees. For those who wish to do some extra reading and learning pertinent to improving skills at work, they can buy books and software programs that the company can reimburse.
Encourage further formal education. Many professionals go to grad school in order to further their career growth. Some just take extra evening or weekend classes. See if your company can afford to be more flexible especially when it comes to employees’ schedule. It would benefit you in the long run, especially if the company boasts employees with mostly Masters and PhD degrees.
Encourage training workshops. Organize in-house or public training courses that employees can attend. This way, your employees won’t have an excuse about not having enough opportunities to learn as you are already bringing it to them.
Encourage individual coaching. Mentoring is a good option to consider. It not only encourages a venue for easy and informal training, it also fosters good employee relations.