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Learning at Work Day 2006
More than 5,000 organisations are expected to a host an event to mark today's National Learning at Work Day.
The Campaign for Learning, which co-ordinates the day, says organisations taking part range from small businesses to blue chip companies, as well as public sector organisations, voluntary and community services, and several Government Departments.
Skills minister Phil Hope said, "Each year on Learning at Work Day thousands of events take place in offices, shops and workplaces throughout the country, giving staff at all levels the opportunity to take part in learning that can lead to new and improved skills and business benefits.
"The good news is that the number of people planning to undertake learning in the coming 3 years is rising as we re-discover a learning culture in this country. We want people to know they can overcome obstacles and seize chances to progress. Our reforms in Further Education will help them study for qualifications employers want and make sure courses are tailored to their needs.
"Adult Learners' Week is hugely important in promoting the power of learning and helping hundreds of thousands of adults each year see the rewards on offer when they sign up for courses. As a centrepiece Learning at Work Day gives us the chance to celebrate the inspirational learning that is taking place in workplaces, which highlights the benefits of learning to people that may have lost out at school.
"I am enormously grateful to the Campaign for Learning for all their work helping to put learning in the workplace at the top of the agenda."
National Learning at Work Day has been co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning over the past seven years to encourage more organisations to offer training and development opportunities at work to all their employees to benefit their home and working lives and the organisations as a whole.
Supported by the Learning and Skills Council and the Skills for Life Strategy Unit, Learning at Work Day is part of Adult Learner's Week, which is co-ordinated by NIACE, the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education.
Chris Banks, chair of the Learning and Skills Council, said, "Learning at Work day is a brilliant and fun way of highlighting a serious message about the importance of training and skills to both employers and individuals in the workplace.
"It is estimated that basic skills deficiencies cost at least £4.8bn to the UK industry in terms of lost productivity. That is why the LSC has recently launched Train to Gain, a flagship service to help business get the skills they need to succeed. The more we can do to raise awareness of the value of skills, through events like this, the more we will see the benefits for individuals, business, society and the economy."
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