What is Learning at Work Week?
Learning at Work Week is an annual event in May organised by the Campaign for Learning since 1999. It aims to to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work.
Learning at Work Week 2017 takes place from 15th-21st May on the theme 'Curious & Creative'.
Who can take part?
All companies and organisations are invited to mark Learning at Work Week. All types and sizes of organisation take part including multinationals, SMEs, public sector organisations and government departments. Participating companies include WH Smith, American Express, Prudential and Debenhams. You can also take part as a learners, learning champion, learning provider and ULR.
What opportunities does it provide?
Learning at Work Week offers an opportunity to run a branded learning campaign in your workplace linked to a national event. Each year, thousands of organisations run vibrant, creative campaigns and activities which promote a learning culture, stimulate curiosity and engage employees in learning. See our spotlight interviews for a flavour.
Learning at Work Week is not prescriptive in terms of what your company should do and how you should mark it, but provides a framework and ideas. This ensures you can plan events and activities that fit your context and are explicitly linked to your business goals and the needs of your employees, so they have longer term impact.
The Week promotes an inclusive approach and encourages the extension of opportunities to learn to all employees, especially those who may not currently participate in learning.
What do companies do for Learning at Work Week?
Many companies use the Week as a catalyst for change providing an opportunity to 'rebrand' or refresh learning and development, reinforcing the organisation’s commitment to staff development and celebrating learning that takes place all year round. The activities that companies run range from non-work related and interest-led activities through award ceremonies to business focused sessions. Learning at Work Week offers an opportunity to promote and deliver these in a way that is fresh, exciting and engaging – from panel sessions to creative workshops.
Why take part?
For your own organisation, the reasons for taking part will depend on your particular context and goals. Companies and individuals that have taken part previously report a wide range of opportunities and benefits:
Changing attitudes to learning and work
More positive and improved perceptions of learning and development both at business and individual level, increased motivation and productivity
Greater awareness of opportunities to learn
Increased knowledge and understanding of the opportunities for learning and development all year round and what they can deliver for the business and individual
Greater employee engagement with learning
Employees switched back onto learning and motivated, increased take up of learning and development opportunities
Informing business & learning and development strategies
Stimulating and collating feedback, ideas and perspectives that inform future planning
Opportunities to discover and recognise internal talent
Drawing on employees own knowledge, passions and interests to create engaging activities and wider sharing and collaboration in the workplace
Greater recognition and valuing of different ways to learn in the workplace
Encouraging a broader perspective on how learning and development happens and how employees can take advantage of new ways to learn – from traditional class-room based training through social media to team meets for generating and sharing learning
Highlighting business priorities, agendas and addressing change
Providing a platform to focus on and share important information about the business and its direction and using it as an opportunity to engage employees with different agendas and policies in a interactive and stimulating way
Addressing workplace silos and bridging information gaps
Bringing employees from different parts of the business together or partner organisations in to learn from each other
What does the Campaign for Learning offer?
The Learning at Work Week team provides advice and guidance for organisations wishing to run Learning at Work Week, including online and printed resources. We also run planning seminars every year – see 'What should I do next?' below.
How much will it cost?
It’s free to register and access our online resources. Every year, our sponsors and partners offer free and low cost resources and sessions - from language lessons to life saving skills. Most organisers spend an average of £100 to organise their activities.
Learning at Work Week 2017
The 2017 theme for Learning at Work Week is Curious & Creative. You can use the theme in any way that adds value to your workplace and organisation. We'll be posting ideas to get you started.
What should I do next?
If you are interested in taking part go to our Get Started section. Don’t forget to register online with us and tick 'workplace learning' as an interest. You will then receive the latest updates and special offers in our regular e-newsletters.
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