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Today is ‘Learning at Work Day’

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There seems to have been slightly less publicity for it this year, but this is Adult Learners Week and today - Thursday 17 May - is designated Learning at Work Day.

Today is intended as a day when every workplace promotes learning and encourages participation in new learning or, better still, lifelong learning.

To support Learning at Work Day, we've produced our own Theme Guide to resources available her on Lifelong Learning and CPD.

The Campaign for Learning is the lead body promoting workplace learning and co-ordinating activities for Learning at Work Day. They've put together a set of help pages containing useful facts, case studies and ideas for what you can do in your workplace.

Did you know, for example, that in a report by the National Skills Task Force, one third of employees questioned reported never having been offered any kind of training. Or that, in a workplace survey into skills shortags, nearly half of respondents admitted the problem was caused in part by companies' failure to train and develop staff compared with 31% who blamed the inability of the workforce to keep up with change. Less than 5% blamed a lack of motivation, interest and commitment.

The government has developed its own set of pages devoted to the promotion of good practice in lifelong learning which we have permission to reproduce. Just follow the link.

Those readers who are particularly interested in maintaining their commitment to CPD should also look at the Institute for Continuing Professional Development website.

And next week, Toby Greary of the Campaign for Learning leads on online workshop on this site on the subject of Organisational Learning Issues.

Have a good Learning day.

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