The Department for Transport's aim is to develop and deliver a transport network that works for everyone. People want reliable, comfortable and affordable journeys. Through their investment, they aim to make people's journeys better, faster, and easier both for today, and in the future.

The Department for Transport created a special Learning Roadmap for its Learning at Work. The purpose was to re-emphasise the importance and opportunity to continually learn and develop at the DfT, particularly at a time when many colleagues were taking on different tasks as a result of the pandemic.  

To build the week, the team worked with colleagues across the business from apprenticeships, professions networks, digital services, and diversity, inclusion and wellbeing.  After establishing what each area had to offer, a Learning Roadmap was developed for colleagues to identify where they were on their learning journey and the support, help and advice to help them progress. 

The Roadmap structured the DfT’s week and ensured there was something for everyone. Five journey ‘signposts’ covered different aspects of learning with aligned events and activities. The Pathfinder signpost set the direction of learning and focused on coaching and mentoring, apprenticeships and career pathways. The Mind the Gap signpost promoted essential skills, and the Take a Break signpost looked at self-reflection, wellbeing and looking after yourself. The activities ranged from webinars, articles, videos, live demonstrations, and Q&A sessions. For the Mind the Gap signpost colleagues could access digital workshops on using MS Teams, Coaching Skills for line mangers, an interactive digital finance game and a communications masterclass. Most of the events were run in-house.

Senior leaders actively highlighted and supported the week. They also shared their career journeys and what they had learned in Q&As, videos and blogs. The videos and blogs were also used to promote the week alongside a special article and communications via the professions and networks. The Permanent Secretary launched the week by video. 

The DfT learning and development team successfully highlighted the range and variety of support they offer.  Sign-ups for learning and development and use of the intranet have increased. The virtual event format proved popular and enabled more business areas to take part and be creative with their activities. A special MS team accessible to all – Learn, Grow, Share – has been set up to maintain momentum and support ongoing development through the five learning signposts.