The Campaign for Learning is delighted to announce the winners of the Learning at Work Week 2020 Impact Awards. 

The Learning at Work Week Impact Awards celebrate bold, creative and excellent events which promote and support lifelong learning at work. The awards are competitive and entrants are judged on how their Learning at Work Week campaigns are designed to achieve a range of outcomes. 

In 2020, the awards invited entrants to show how they promoted a lifelong learning culture, inspired learning journeys and digital learning, innovated in learning and development and supported business and organisational goals. 

getAbstract Impact Award for Inspiring a Lifelong Learning Culture 

Winner Large Organisation:  GroupM 
Winner SME Organisation:  St Andrew’s Hospice 
Highly Commended: Department of Transport   Czarnikow Group
Commended: Abcam  

LinkedIn Learning Impact Award for Inspiring Learning Journeys 

Winner Large Organisation: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust 
Winner SME Organisation: eve Sleep 
Highly commended: Severn Trent
Commended: GroupM Impact Award for Innovation in Learning & Development 
Winner Large Organisation: Stewarts 
Winner SME Organisation: Czarnikow Group
Highly Commended: GroupM    Wakefield Council 

NCFE & Campaign for Learning Impact Award for Digital Learning Journeys 
Winner: Santander 
Highly Commended:  BT Technology  Hallmark Care Homes   Dorset Council 

The Open University Business School Impact Award for Supporting Business & Organisational Goals 
Winner Large Organisation: Severn Trent
Winner SME: NOCN Group
Highly Commended: The Law Society 
Commended: Premier Foods 

Read about the winners and commended organisations and what they did here

Sophie Austin at said

At we want to celebrate innovation in connection to learning, and 2020 encouraged some of the most innovative entries we have seen. The importance of learning during such stressful times was highlighted by every single entry to the Learning at Work Week Impact Award and the drive by internal learning teams to ensure their colleagues felt connected, motivated and supported during the pandemic really shone through. We wish, during such a difficult year, we could award every single company an award for their innovation as each had to step up and try something new in response to the pandemic. From all of us here at we offer a heartfelt congratulations to all the entries for their outstanding work.  

Liz Moody at The Open University Business School said

In 2020 organisations have relied upon the engagement of their workforces to survive and thrive.  The pandemic, mass shift to working from home, or working while observing social distance and thereby the health and well-being of the workforce has put people (rightly) at the forefront of business strategy.  The way we work now, the things we value and the way we want to live in the future has changed us in some ways, irrevocably.  This year’s entrants all stressed the need to engage, the need to cater for dispersed people in diverse circumstances with a view to bringing their organisations together through learning.   At the OU Business School we have always strived to make learning accessible and flexible and to encourage lifelong learning.  This year’s winners demonstrated alignment with these values.  Congratulations to Severn Trent and NOCN Group who won our award for the large and SME categories, respectively. 

Jayne D’Silva, VP Sales UK at getAbstract said

“Learning happens in all walks of life. And this has been truer than ever in this extraordinary and challenging year. As the sponsor of this year’s Learning at Work Week Impact Awards, getAbstract is proud to announce our two winners: GroupM and St Andrew’s Hospice. GroupM showed a commitment to lifelong learning by offering workshops on a range of self-development topics. Through its ‘Thought Labs,’ it organised discussions on big life questions and encouraged people from different levels and occupations to get involved. It also used Black History Month as an opportunity to address questions of racial discrimination and inclusion. St Andrew’s Hospice, a small charity, put emphasis on in-house knowledge sharing and skill development. By offering a broad range of workshops open to all staff, St Andrews showed a commitment to living a learning culture.”

Dawn Baker, Director of Innovation and Investments at NCFE said:

"At NCFE we understand and celebrate the importance of lifelong learning. As digital tool, platforms and media change the way we work, learn and communicate, it's vital everyone has the confidence and skills to use them well.  It's fantastic to see how our impact award winner and highly commended organisations promoted digital learning journeys at work.  They connected colleagues to new digital opportunities and high-quality learning with well-crafted campaigns and tailored support. Congratulations to our winner Santander and to Hallmark Care Homes, BT Technology and Dorset Council for their highly commended events."

Julia Wright, National Director at the Campaign for Learning said

“It’s a privilege for the Campaign for Learning to co-ordinate Learning at Work Week. Organisations demonstrate their passion and commitment to lifelong learning at work with bold and creative events. Given the unprecedented challenges this year, we’re so impressed with how firms responded. The impact award winners demonstrate the power of learning in all its forms, whether it’s a digital drop-in session or an expert masterclass. They’ve shown how well-designed events and activities help organisations and people to navigate change and thrive. Their events brought colleagues together and supported wellbeing, and addressed both immediate and longer-term learning needs in an empowering way. Many congratulations to them for their deserved success. A big thank you too to everyone who took part and our sponsors for supporting the impact awards and the week.”