Learning at Work Week 2017 takes place from 15th-21st May.

The annual celebration is co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning and led by companies across the country. Workplaces of all types and sizes run creative and innovative events that inspire and promote a culture of learning at work.

This year's theme is Curious & Creative.

Company-led activities

• A panel session at top visual effects company The Mill on 'what drives creativity' featuring advertising and creative experts
• Cosmetic Speed Dating, view from the boardroom and “on the couch” interviews with their Designers at high street retailers Debenhams
• A session at Cambridge-based games company Jagex on' if curiosity killed the cat, why should I risk opening the door'
• Spray painting workshop and bite size sessions on presentations skills at Great Western Railway
• A ‘Tweet yourself silly’ skills sharing session on using Twitter creatively at OCN London

National activities which everyone can join during the week include:

• The Open University Business School's webinar on 'The case for curiosity' on 17th May
• The chance to explore your learning preferences with Pearson TalentLens’ LSQ questionnaires

Julia Wright, the Campaign's national director for workplace learning said:

“Companies use Learning at Work Week brilliantly to show how learning can be fun and creative and not just consigned to the training room. More and more events involve colleagues sharing their experiences, skills and talents from all levels of the organisation. It’s a great way for people and their organisations to really benefit from collective experiences and knowledge and promote a culture of learning at work.”

Companies taking part talked about their plans for the week.

Simon Devereux from The Mill said:

“The Mill’s involvement with Learning at Work Week is an important and exciting part of our Learning and Development programme as it provides a fantastic opportunity for us to experiment with in-house learning by running a suite of events, talks and workshops across the group that encourage us to look at things from fresh perspectives. The Campaign for Learning’s theme of ‘Curious & Creative’ chimes so well with everything The Mill does and all the sessions lean towards creativity and innovation.”

Rob Chadband from Debenhams said:
“We’re really excited to be launching our biggest event ever, with over 6000 seats in an eclectic mix of 120 sessions in our Taunton and London support centres, including Tai Chi, Burlesque, Barber Shop and cookery demonstrations. We’ve also created and launched a film entitled “Catwalk to Coathanger”, bringing to life the journey of a product, from creative inspiration to customer ready, launched for colleagues in our stores and support centres!”

Jay Sharpe from Jagex said:
“At Jagex we’re passionate about creating a culture of learning throughout the studio. Providing our staff with opportunities to learn, grow and develop is something we’re very committed to as well as being a force for learning within the Games industry. We’ll be championing Learning At Work Week 2017, using a blended learning approach offering Online Learning, Hands-on Workshops, Video Live Streams, External Speakers and involvement from our senior management team to capture and engage different learning styles and audiences so we can deliver a great experience for our staff.”

Suzanne Groarke-Oliver from Great Western Railway said:
“At GWR we strongly support learning: from new recruits to the business and ongoing development throughout colleagues careers. We believe in an individual approach to learning and take into account individual learning styles to ensure the learning experience is positive and beneficial. Learning at Work Week has given us the opportunity to build on our already excellent learning opportunities and with the theme of ‘Curious and Creative’ have arranged workshops in Indian cookery, cupcake decorating and creative card making, as well as a spray painting event at a local college – all this as well as being able to offer bite-size learning in many of our courses such as Inclusion and Diversity. A very exciting opportunity to engage and share expertise within GWR and promote a learning culture in the workplace.”

Jacquie Mutter from OCN London said:
We have had great fun pulling together ideas for Learning at Work Week – it’s a such a good opportunity to learn from each other, and learn more about each other as individuals within a team. Our mission and values start and finish with learning. It’s what we do and it’s what we love. We are really looking forward to being part of Learning at Work Week.

Learning at Work Week 2017 is supported by Pearson, The Open University Business School, OCN London, Pearson TalentLens, Findcourses.co.uk, and The Reading Agency.

To get a flavour of all the activities taking place, follow the Learning at Work Week twitter @lawweekwire where activities will be tweeted throughout the week on #learningatworkweek