Learning at Work Week has been run by the Campaign for Learning in May every year since 1999 to “put the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work”. This year’s theme is ‘Networked for Learning’, which is all about exploring the social, technological and partnership aspects of learning to create value from network and drive new thinking and ways of developing.

As one of the UK’s leading and fastest growing providers of Apprenticeships, Leadership & Management training, and Health & Safety training, learning at work is central to what we do. We are always looking to the latest trends in learning and development to maximise our clients’ organisational performance.

The future of virtual learning

Virtual learning is a key aspect of our delivery and we’re developing new and exciting partnerships with industry leaders in digital, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and cutting-edge learning platforms to ensure we remain at the forefront of the delivery of virtual learning in our specialisms of apprenticeships, leadership & management, and health & safety. The big challenge is to ensure that we embrace the new technology without losing the ‘human touch’ which both learners and employers get so much value out of when it comes to things like apprenticeship programmes.

Virtual learning presents a huge opportunity to make learning at work more accessible and convenient than ever while also maintaining quality and consistency. However, it’s success depends on having the right strategy, provider, and people in place to make it work. The future is certainly bright for workplace learning and we predict that learning delivery will look very different a few years from now.

Building a network

Being truly ‘Networked for Learning’ means so much more than utilising new technologies (although things like giving learners their own personal tablet so that they can stay networked with peers and tutors and learn ‘on the go’ certainly helps). Workplace learning solutions are much less effective when they are delivered in isolation – they need to form part of a wider network. This means working with a provider that is collaborative and tailors training to the organisation and individual learner’s needs, providing a supportive network in and outside of the workplace and going beyond ‘one-off’ packages. Having the right building blocks in place before rolling out learning solutions is also important and there are lots of partners that need to come together to make this happen. The learner will only get the most out of the programme if they feel part of something bigger and can draw on their network throughout rather than going it alone. Learning at work should be a culture, not a tick box exercise.

Embracing new thinking

For many employers and their learners, change can be daunting. The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy has highlighted that reform doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time for new ways of working to become the norm but embracing change is vital to stay ahead of the game as an employer. During Learning at Work Week 2018, we want to challenge all employers to open themselves up to the potential of new learning solutions and delivery methods for significantly improving their organisational performance. If L&D doesn’t move with the fast pace that organisations move at, it won’t have the desired impact.

Want us to help you get ‘Networked for Learning’? Contact us today.