For over 20 years, Campaign for Learning have lead the awareness week ‘Learning at Work’, which is aimed at all businesses across the UK.
The awareness week shines a spotlight on the benefits of learning and development at work.
Through this blog, we will aim to inform how your business can be involved in this initiative, continuing beyond this week and the benefits of ‘Learning at Work’ is for both your business and your employees.
What is learning at work week?
Businesses from up and down the UK who are involved with ‘Learning at Work’ week, in which businesses of all shapes and sizes will host a wide range of events and workshops for their employees.
Campaign for Learning highlight that all involved have the freedom to plan their own events and workshops, so that you can easily fit alongside your own business goals and staff development needs.
But you also have the added bonus of being to access additional webinars and free training sessions through other companies. Allowing for a wider catalogue of learning resources and the flexibility to plan.
The benefits of ‘Learning at work’
‘Campaign for Learning’ list the vast benefits from taking part in the awareness week, from changing attitudes to learning and work, to opportunities to discover and recognise internal talent, plus much more.
The online jobs board – Indeed also highlight the long term benefits of how ongoing learning and development can improve your career. The list includes improved work performance, morale and skills development. Indeed also list how this can benefit you as an employer with learning and development, with improving the workplace through high-performance employees, a structured training environment and increased employee job satisfaction.
How you can get involved
To get involved with Learning at Work Week, you can visit their website directly and also browse all upcoming events and workshops. A fantastic opportunity to participate in both leading with learning at work and celebrating the initiative.
But remember, learning at work can be an initiative to embed all year round. Easily accessed right on your doorstop through funded projects and government initiatives.
You can get support in achieving your Learning at Work ambitions through the STEM-Up programme, part-funded by the European Social Fund. It’s completely free to join and all workshops are fully funded. Focused on helping professionals and businesses in the Greater Birmingham area.
Ranging from courses spanning across STEM, STEAM and Soft Skills, all designed to upskill and support with your employees career development. You will also be partnered with a dedicated Skills Advisor from one of the partners who will work with you to assess your team’s development needs.
Courses and workshops are ran throughout the year, allowing you the flexibility to fit workshops in around businesses and individual commitments. The programme is in partnership with Birmingham City University, Aston University and Solihull College and University Centre. Participants are able to access workshops and courses across all three partners.
As discussed in our past blog ‘The Beginners Guide to Upskilling’, there are also a variety of online workshops all free of cost. The Skills Toolkit is a government-led online offer and is open to all businesses and professionals in the UK. All courses are available online and provided by The Open University, Amazon and FutureLearn.
The benefits of initiatives such as ‘Learning at Work’ week help both employer and employee to maximise their development needs and business needs. With a range of offers currently available both locally and nationally, free, the range of upskilling workshops are even more accessible without putting pressures financially on businesses.
With those adapting to moving their services as online delivery, as a result has helped to increase the flexibility and access to upskilling and development. Providing ‘on-demand’ sessions also allows for those to learn in their own time and pace.
Interested in how STEM-Up can support with upskilling your business? Enquire today to speak with one of our dedicated team today.