Picture: It's a Learnfest at Baillie Gifford for Learning at Work Week 2019

It's been another inspiring Learning at Work Week.

Companies and organisations ran special programmes and activities to promote learning cultures at work, and mark the importance and benefits of continual learning.

The rise of the robots, longer working lives and changes to jobs and roles are frequent topics in reports and the media. Many of this year's Learning at Work Week events explored this year's theme 'Shaping the Future', sparking conversations and deeper understanding about what these changes mean and how work, life and learning may look in the future.

People got hands-on with new technology and used digital tools such as at subsea maintenance and installation firm Global Marine, where colleagues could take a virtual reality tour of a vessel. There was learning about trends from researchers and industry experts, such as at Hotel Cafe Royal, where the future of hospitality was explored. And the week was used an opportunity by organisations, like Baillie Gifford and Carey Group, to encourage reflection on learning needs and aspirations, and preparing for the future.

Our national partners supported this exploration. Pearson's major research, the Future of Skills 2030, predicts how jobs will change in the face of significant developments such as automation. Its linked interactive tool can be used by everyone to discover the skills that will be needed to flourish in the future.

And to help people develop the skills forecast to be in demand, our national activity partners, LinkedIn Learning, Get Abstract, OU Business School, Udemy for Business and EdApp provided free access to their courses and content. Pearson TalentLens ran webinars including on critical thinking; and Northgate Training designed a special interactive activity 'Office of the Future' to stimulate discussion on the form of our future workplaces. 

On the Thursday of Learning at Work Week, Pearson hosted the annual reception to celebrate all the activities happening around the country. Hayley Copper from Shiseido and Elina Helavuori and Peter Tully from Lloyds Banking Group spoke about their Learning at Work Week events.


Hayley Copper from Shiseido and Elina Helavuori and Peter Tully from Lloyds Banking Group at the LAW Week reception

Organisers, bloggers and the media created talking points on the importance of lifelong learning with articles and news. And the week came alive on twitter with pictures and reports from workplaces in real time.

This is just a snapshot. You can read more about the inspiring Learning at Work Week events around the country and all the great learning opportunities still on offer on the Learning at Work Week website. Do check twitter too @lawweekwire and at #learningatworkweek where many more of the great things that have happened are posted.