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Grow Your Own Talent on Learning at Work Day

Added: (Thu Mar 22 2001)

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As concern about skills shortages grows, the Campaign for Learning is urging Britain’s managers to grow their own talent by getting involved in Learning at Work Day on 17th May, part of Adult Learners’ Week. According to the most recent Labour Force Survey, 30 per cent of UK workers have never been offered training by their current employer.

‘Learning at Work Day is more than just a great way to develop the talents of your workforce at all levels,’ said Campaign for Learning Chief Executive, Bill Lucas. ‘ It also helps employers position their organisation as one that will attract new talent. Learning at Work Day is about making learning enjoyable, habit-forming and productive. Training and learning can be too easily wasted unless there is an appetite and readiness to learn. We believe that motivation combined with a knowledge of how to learn are the foundations for successful learning.’

Learning at Work Day has the support of internationally renowned management guru Charles Handy: ‘To learn is to discover what you can do if you are given the chance, to discover new skills, new areas of fascination, new horizons for oneself. Learning of that sort is what makes any job worthwhile.’

The Campaign for Learning has produced a free Planning Guide to help organisations plan their Learning at Work Day activity. Suggestions include focusing on essential work skills such as communication, IT and financial management, job swapping or shadowing and developing Individual Learning Plans.

KPMG Chief Executive George Cox can see clear business benefits for organisations that get involved with Learning at Work Day. He said: ‘I support Learning at Work Day. Skill shortages and the retention of high quality people are crucial for business and must be tackled if UK businesses are to continue to prosper.’

Free publicity materials, including the Planning Guide, can be obtained by calling 0117 966 7755. Learning at Work Day is sponsored by Lloyds TSB, Cable and Wireless, DfEE, DTI, Ufi and totaljobs.com. Unison, iLearn.To, Edexcel, NIACE (National Organisation for Adult Learning) and MaST are supporting sponsors.


For more details about Learning at Work Day contact Michelle Wake or Corrina Fox-Davies at the Campaign for Learning on 020 7930 1111. e-mail: mwake@cflearning.org.uk or cfox-davies@cflearning.org.uk

Notes to editors:

 The Campaign for Learning has Regional Directors working in the North, Midlands and Southern Regions. They can contacted on:
Southern Region Director: Linda Siegle on 020 7930 1111 e-mail: lsiegle@cflearning.org.uk
Northern Region Director: Geoffrey O’Donoghue on 01925 419013 e-mail: godonoghue@cflearning.org.uk
Midlands Region Director: Heather Rutledge on 0121 643 0774 e-mail: hrutledge@cflearning.org.uk
 Headline sponsors for Learning at Work Day are Lloyds TSB, Cable and Wireless, totaljobs.com, DfEE, DTI and Ufi
 Supporting sponsors for Learning at Work Day are iLearn.To, Unison, Edexcel, NIACE and MaST
 Adult Learners’ Week is supported by the European Social Fund, DfEE and Ufi and organised by NIACE. Call Sue Duffen or Kate Malone on 0116 2044 200 for details.
 NIACE has five awards of 1,000 each to recognise small and medium sized-businesses that have formed partnerships to provide more learning opportunities for employees. NIACE welcomes applications from partnerships who can say they have developed one or more of the following:
- Improved access to learning for employees
- Effective strategies in supporting learning at work
- Teaching and learning materials and resources
- Effective strategies for consultation and engagement with employees about their learning needs
- Strategies for informing employees about learning opportunities in the workplace
- Other innovative ways of reaching and meeting the learning needs of employees, such as e-learning
- Partners can enter for an award by writing the details of the project on one side of A4, describing how it fulfils one or more of the above criteria, and sending it to:
Campaign and Promotions
NIACE
21 De Montfort Street
Leicester, LE1 7GE
The closing date is 23rd March, 2001.
 The Campaign for Learning is an independent charity that is working to create an appetite for learning throughout society. It is funded by both the private and public sector, including the DfEE, KPMG, NTL, Edexel, Centrica, National Grid, EMI, Sainsbury’s and The Post Office. It organises national awareness campaigns such as Family Learning Weekend and Learning at Work Day. Organisations that would like to participate in either event should register their interest by calling 0117 966 7755.
 Bill Lucas's new book Power up your mind: Learn Faster, Work Smarter will be published in June by Nicholas Brealey Publishing. The book is available at a special Learning at Work Day offer price of 14 until 31st May. For more details call 020 7430 0224 or e-mail orders@brealey-books.com

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