Wakefield Council delivered an online Learning at Work Week that supported its values, principles and priorities. It seeks to create a culture where people are empowered to learn and can thrive by investing in the development of their skills, knowledge and experience.

Learning at Work Week was an opportunity for the Council to continue its learning journey. A team of officers from Services across the Council came together to develop the programme and to engage colleagues in different types of learning and experiences by putting a spotlight on learning, raising the profile of learning resources and the Council’s learning portal, and bringing people together to collaborate. The team also wanted to improve colleagues’ wellbeing and help them try new ways of working to meet the challenges of the pandemic.  

The Council’s Learning at Work Week programme included 21 events in a variety of formats alongside self-help resources on the Council’s learning portal. Colleagues could join masterclasses on topics including Creating a Growth Mindset, Helping People Help Themselves, Enabling Neurodiversity and Understanding Substance Misuse. Colleagues were invited to join workshops about social media, Makaton communication, Ancestry, how to run a cinema event and digital skills including a Library Build Club activity taster. There were bitesize sessions on language and culture, training to understand dementia, and digital workshops on how to use a tablet and microbit. The Council’s Chief Executive, Andrew Balchin shared his views during an online ‘audience with’ session on the things that have helped him on his learning journey.  

The week’s activities also extended beyond the Council’s workforce with some libraries running sessions for Wakefield’s citizens. 

Learning at Work Week has enabled the Council to test and try out new ways of working, learning and delivering services. Colleagues have been able to rapidly learn new skills, increase their digital confidence and collaborate across the organisation. The Council will use what they have learned to inform the design of future learning programmes.