Greater Manchester’s largest apprenticeship training provider, The Skills Company, is encouraging companies large and small to get involved in Learning at Work Week, which runs from 16 to 22 May.  Learning at Work Week is an annual awareness campaign organised by the Campaign for Learning since 1999.  It aims to put the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development, promoting an inclusive approach and supporting the extension of opportunities to learn to all employees, especially those who may not currently participate in learning for a variety of reasons.

Jayne Worthington, Managing Director of The Skills Company, which is part of the not-for-profit Manchester Growth Company said: 

“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.

Here at The Skills Company, we’ve put together a range of learning activities, some work-related, and others more leisure based which will give everyone the opportunity to engage in learning in a way which will benefit them personally.  We would encourage all Greater Manchester organisations, large and small, public or private sector, to get involved and demonstrate the power of learning.”

For more information on Learning at Work Week, visit http://www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk