Essential Facts – What is learning at work week.
Learning at Work Week is an annual awareness campaign organised by the Campaign for Learning since 1999. Learning at Work Week (which was formerly Learning at Work Day) aims to put the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development. It promotes an inclusive approach and supports the extension of opportunities to learn to all employees, especially those who may not currently participate for reasons that may range from personal barriers to historic organisational structures that focus development on particular staff.
Learning at Work Week offers an opportunity to run a branded learning campaign in your workplace linked to a national event. Each year, thousands of organisations take part in the Week and run vibrant campaigns and activities which engage employees across their businesses in development and promote positive messages about learning. Learning at Work Week is not prescriptive in terms of what your company should do and how you should mark it, but provides a clear framework and ideas for planning events and activities that fit your particular context and goals and is explicitly linked to your business objectives and/or opportunities and the needs of your employees. This ensures that your Learning at Work Week activities can be built on after the event.
Many companies use the Week as a catalyst for change providing an opportunity to ‘rebrand’ or refresh learning and development, reinforcing the organisation’s commitment to staff development and celebrating learning that takes place all year round. The activities that companies run range from non-work related and interest-led activities through award ceremonies to business focused sessions. Learning at Work Week offers an opportunity to promote and deliver these in a way that is fresh, exciting and engaging.
When is it?
Learning at Work Week takes place from 18th – 24th May, 2015.
Why take part?
For your own organisation, the reasons for taking part will depend on your particular context and goals. Companies and individuals that have taken part previously report a wide range of opportunities and benefits:
Changing attitudes to learning and work
More positive and improved perceptions of learning and development both at business and individual level, increased motivation and productivity
Greater awareness of opportunities to learn
Increased knowledge and understanding of the opportunities for learning and development all year round and what they can deliver for the business and individual
Greater employee engagement
Employees switched back onto learning and motivated, increased take up of learning and development opportunities
Informing business & learning and development strategies
Stimulating and collating feedback, ideas and perspectives that inform future planning
Opportunities to discover and recognise internal talent
Drawing on employees own knowledge, passions and interests to create engaging activities and wider sharing and collaboration in the workplace
Greater recognition and valuing of different ways to learn in the workplace
Encouraging a broader perspective on how learning and development happens and how employees can take advantage of new ways to learn – from traditional class-room based training through social media to team meets for generating and sharing learning
Highlighting business priorities, agendas and addressing change
Providing a platform to focus on and share important information about the business and its direction and using it as an opportunity to engage employees with different agendas and policies in a interactive and stimulating way
Addressing workplace silos and bridging information gaps
Bringing employees from different parts of the business together or partner organisations in to learn from each other
Who can take part?
You can take part in LAW Week as a learner, workplace, learning provider, ULR or learning champion. Last year, thousands of organisations took part including large corporations, SMEs, public sector organisations and government departments. Companies that have taken part in previous years include WHSmith, Warburtons, American Express, Prudential and BSkyB. Organisations register their events which are highlighted on the Learning Map in the lead up to the week.
What can the Campaign for Learning offer?
The LAW Week team provides advice and guidance for organisations wishing to run Learning at Work Week, including online and printed resources. We also run planning seminars every year.
How much will it cost?
It’s free to register and access our online resources. Every year, our sponsors and partners offer free and low cost resources and sessions – from language lessons to life saving skills. Most organisers spend an average of £100 to organise their activities.
Learning at Work Week 2015
The theme for Learning at Work Week 2015 is ‘Shaping our Future’. Click here to find activity ideas linked to the theme, from inter-departmental challenges to job swaps. We will also have news, special offers and competitions for anyone registering to take part in Learning at Work Week.
What should I do next?
If you are interested in taking part simply click here for further information. Don’t forget to register online with us and tick ‘workplace learning’ as an interest. You will then receive the latest updates and special offers in our regular e-newsletters.