Today (Monday 17 May) marks the launch of Learning at Work Week. This annual event from the Campaign for Learning aims to build learning cultures at work, and put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of continual learning and development.
This year the theme is ‘Made for Learning’, which focuses on your capacity to learn, how you can be a great lifelong learner, and the importance of connection and community for empowered people and dynamic organisations.
Learning keeps your brain and body engaged, which is not only good for your mind, but also your health. Plus, when your employees grow, your business can grow too. Therefore, staff training is an investment that pays off in many different ways.
Learning at work can also take many guises, from attending webinars through to more comprehensive training. On our website, we have a range of free resources that you can utilise within your business and information on how you can support your staff to realise their potential by supporting their ongoing development.
Leadership and management webinars
Now more than ever, leadership is vital to the success of your business as well as employee wellbeing and engagement. With a wealth of experience in this field, Michelle Mook from Pro-Development covers a number of topics across this series including how to lead your team with purpose, how to communicate with impact and how to manage conflict and change.
- Leading through change and adversity
- Is emotional intelligence important in leadership?
- How dialling up curiosity can transform your leadership
- Engaging your virtual team
- Leading your team into recovery
- Leading with purpose
Social media and digital marketing webinars
Covid-19 has impacted the ways in which most businesses interact with their customers. As such, you may be seeking to quickly transform your strategy, turning to digital channels to keep customers engaged.
As such, we teamed up with York PR and Marketing agency Intandem Communications to create series of free webinars on social media and digital marketing. These focus on how your business can benefit from the power of social media, create great content and optimise your website.
- Social media: mastering the basics
- Social media: planning and creating great content
- Social media: growing your social media presence
- Social media: using LinkedIn to expand your network and attract new opportunities
- Digital marketing: what is content marketing and why do you need it?
- Digital marketing: improving your website’s search engine rankings
DfE Skills Toolkit
You can access the Department for Education’s Skills Toolkit. This online platform gives you access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help you and/or your employees to build up skills, progress in work and boost job prospects.
Our learning toolkit helps individuals and businesses access the knowledge they need to progress and grow. In these challenging times, we are supporting you by providing details of the online skills resources provided by our partners that will help build resilience in your business and your workforce.
Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW)
If you have specialist-learning requirements, you and your teams you can access a range of full or part-funded courses via Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW). SSW is a free service created to help small to medium-sized employers turn their business growth plans into reality by upskilling their existing workforce.
The team at SSW work with employers to identify skills gaps and recommend bespoke training plans which will give your workforce the skills they need to grow the business. And the best bit – most of the training can be delivered for free.
In order to be eligible for support through SSW, the following must apply:
- you must have a business premises in the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding region (Craven, East Riding, Harrogate, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby, York)
- you must be a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME), employing fewer than 250 full time equivalent staff and have either a turnover of less than €50 million, or a balance sheet of less than €43 million
- your activity must be delivered in the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding region
- participants must be aged 18 or over, and have the legal right to live and work in the UK.
To access this support, or for more information you can email: SkillsSupport@Calderdale.ac.uk, or call our Business Engagement Adviser, Adrian O’Neill on 07974 604848.