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Campaign for Learning gearing up the nation for another Learning at Work Week

by Lisa Carr

Campaign for Learning will be celebrating the 24th Learning at Work Week, from 16th -22nd May. The theme, Learning Uncovered, is focused on raising the profile of lifelong learning at work and encouraging everyone to uncover and share their learning power. This is an initiative for many sectors with organisations in health and social care also involved.

The national celebration is calling on employers across the country to promote a learning culture for all in their organisation. The Learning at Work Week website has everything employers need to create great activities with impact, from an ideas generator and planning advice, to promotional materials and free resources.

Businesses this year are already empowering colleagues with thousands of learning opportunities on topics such as digital skills, sustainability, wellbeing and internal career paths. Some of the sector’s organisations are already gearing up to celebrate.

RMBI Care Co. is using the week’s Learning Uncovered theme to launch its new Menopause Policy. The charity has committed to becoming a menopause friendly organisation and as part of this journey, staff will be engaged in a number of activities during the week to learn more about the menopause, as well as how they can support colleagues in the workplace who may be affected.

Taking Care, the UK’s leading personal alarm provider will be marking Learning at Work Week with a combination of high-profile guest speakers, including Sally Gunnell OBE and Justin Hughes, a former Tornado pilot and Red Arrows flyer, and sessions delivered by their Devon based teams to colleagues in Exeter and Ashburton.

Janet Craig – Learning & Development Manager at Taking Care said:

“We are delighted to welcome both Sally and Justin to our Learning at Work Week event and are equally excited to have key internal people in addition to professional coaches/mentors, who have given up their time for people to learn about subjects outside of the work arena.  

“This really captures the spirit of what Taking Care and Learning at Work Week is all about; where a genuine desire to be the best and learn about new skills and topics really is key to our personal and company development”

Employer-led events for Learning at Work Week demonstrate the importance of lifelong learning and how it helps both organisations and people respond positively to change. Learning at Work Week is about uncovering the learning potential in all of us. Organisers around the country will be running sessions to help their people unlock their learning power – from tasters of bite-size learning to using coaching techniques, from discovering new qualifications and apprenticeships to finding new career journeys.

There’s still time for your organisation to take part using the five simple steps and ideas generator. To find out more, head to www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk/five-steps.

Julia Wright, National Director of Campaign for Learning, said:

“Our organisations have immense learning power. They have a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience that their people have gained from work, life and learning. A big element of Learning at Work Week is the opportunity for everyone to collaborate on learning and share what they know. Learning at Work Week events will uncover colleagues’ ‘hidden powers’ and amplify learning through internal talks and workshops, masterclasses, Q&As and social media.

“As the World Economic Forum highlights ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ technologies will have a massive impact on our jobs and work affecting millions of people. Events like Learning at Work Week give employers and their people a space to explore what this means in their own specific contexts and situations and identify the lifelong learning that is needed to navigate these changes and thrive.”

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