Learning at Work Week 2021 takes place around the country

Employers are leading the way as powerful champions of lifelong learning for Learning at Work Week 2021.   

The popular week, organised by the Campaign for Learning, aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of continual learning and development at work. This year, organisations will deliver special workshops, activities and programmes on the 2021 ‘Made for Learning’ theme.   

Learning at Work Week comes at a time of new national focus on the importance of upskilling and reskilling through life with the rollout of the government’s new Lifetime Skills Guarantee.    

Businesses are in a powerful position to make learning accessible, connect colleagues to opportunities inside and outside work and boost lifelong learning. As technology and the impact of the pandemic transform the way we live and work, lifelong learning can help us to navigate change and adapt, benefitting both individuals and their firms.   

There is a strong appetite for reskilling and upskilling amongst people too. A recent reskilling survey by Learning at Work Week partner Findcourses.co.uk shows that over 70% of its users are looking to reskill or upskill in 2021.   

Julia Wright, national director at the Campaign for Learning said,    

“Employers and learning teams deliver thousands of hours of activities during Learning at Work Week. They bring colleagues together to talk about learning and share their skills, as well as highlight work and career development opportunities.   

Their efforts and commitment make a significant contribution to lifelong learning. They inspire colleagues to think differently about learning and by responding to learning needs, help them make the most of the opportunities on offer.”   

Lisa Tillison, learning and development lead at St Andrew’s Hospice, winners of a Learning at Work Week Impact Award said: 

“St Andrew’s Hospice support Learning at Work Week as it provides an opportunity for the organisation to come together and share expertise, collaborate and see each other using a virtual platform.  That element of being able to attend a session with colleagues you might not see in your day to day work has been invaluable to re-connect in difficult times and share experiences.” 

John Macey, HR director, BMA said:

“As a trade union and professional association, we care deeply about all aspects of doctors’ training; therefore it follows that we put as much time and effort into the development opportunities we give to our staff at the BMA  The Learning at Work week is a great campaign to promote all staff learning and we are delighted to be a part of it. We have a strong commitment to learning and at the BMA we believe in giving staff as many opportunities and experiences to learn, as we can, and to help them think in different, innovative ways about their career development and knowledge sharing.”

The 2021 Learning at Work Week ‘Made for Learning’ explores our human capacity to learn, how we can be great lifelong learners and the importance of community to enrich and drive learning at work.  

Employer-based events include a wide range of talks, tasters, skills shares and workshops, many delivered virtually. Topics this year include growth mindsets, coaching for leadership, networking and financial wellbeing.  

Learning at Work Week is supported by its national partners CIPD, Skills for Justice, Skills for Health, SFJ Awards, Findcourses.co.uk, getAbstract, NCFE, Northgate Training Activities, and The Open University Business School. The national partners provide free resources, and support the Learning at Work Week Impact Awards. 

For more information about Learning at Work Week and all of the activities visit: www.learningatworkweek.com  and follow updates on twitter @lawweekwire