What is Learning at Work Week?
Learning at Work Week is an annual event in May organised by the Campaign for Learning since 1999. It aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work. Learning at Work Week 2019 takes place from 13th-19th May on the theme 'Shaping the Future'.

Who can take part?
All companies and organisations are invited to mark Learning at Work Week. All types and sizes of organisation take part including multinationals, SMEs, public sector organisations and government departments. Participating companies include Virgin Media, American Express, Canon UK and GroupM. Events are led and organised by HR and L&D colleagues, ULRs, learning champions, marketing and communication colleagues and often delivered collaboratively.

What opportunities does it provide?
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 run vibrant, creative campaigns and activities which promote a learning culture, stimulate curiosity and engage employees in learning. See our spotlight interviews for a flavour.
Learning at Work Week is not prescriptive in terms of what your company should do and how you should mark it, but provides a framework and ideas. This ensures you can plan events and activities that fit your context and are explicitly linked to your business goals and the needs of your employees, so they have longer term impact.

The Week promotes an inclusive approach and encourages the extension of opportunities to learn to all employees, especially those who may not currently participate in learning.

What do companies do for Learning at Work Week?
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 – from panel sessions to creative workshops.

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 with learning
  • 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

What does the Campaign for Learning offer?
The Learning at Work 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 – see 'What should I do next?' below.

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 2019
The 2019 theme for Learning at Work Week is 'Shaping the Future'. You can use and interpret the theme in any way that adds value to your workplace and organisation. We'll be posting ideas to get you started.

What should I do next?
If you are interested in taking part go to our Get Started section. Don’t forget to register to receive our Learning at Work news. You will then receive the latest updates for Learning at Work Week including special offers, and news about our other learning at work activities.