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Record numbers take part in Learning at Work Day
The Campaign for Learning has estimated that around 5,600 organisations took part in this year's Learning at Work Day on 25 May - the seventh successive year that the numbers participating has increased.
Large corporations including BUPA, Lloyds TSB and Thomson Directories showed their commitment to staff development and offered everything from relaxation techniques to self-defence.
NHS Trusts, local councils, large regional employers and small family run businesses also joined in the national learning event.
The Campaign says many organisations used the day to promote existing training opportunities to staff who may never have taken part in workplace learning before.
Darlington Borough Council used Learning at Work Day to launch its union learning representatives' network and Oxfordshire County Council hosted taster sessions of existing courses in its learning centre on the Day.
Other participants brought in local learning providers to signpost employees to further learning opportunities. Lloyds TSB invited local fitness instructors in to offer health checks and advice while
Blackpool Council invited learndirect and Blackpool and Fylde College to put on language sessions, guitar classes and dancing with staff members.
Other organisations chose to do something completely different from the normal routine to mark Learning at Work Day. Employees at Innovia Films Ltd in Cumbria tried fitness workouts at their desks while staff at BUPA offices in Leeds went World Cup crazy with sessions on stress management for penalty takers and negotiation skills to get the remote control!
National Learning at Work Day has been co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning over the past seven years. Its aim is to encourage more organisations to offer their employees training and development opportunities at work.
Tricia Hartley, joint chief executive of the Campaign for Learning, said: "Once again organisations have amazed us with their imaginative and creative learning activities and what they are able to achieve through Learning at Work Day.
"The response from all types of organisations has been terrific with the numbers taking part growing for the seventh year in succession.
"Their involvement in Learning at Work Day shows the extent of the commitment from UK organisations to the development of their staff and the enthusiasm of employees to learn at work.
"We hope everyone who took part from chief executive to shop floor worker will continue to learn at work and at home for life."
Minister for skills Phil Hope officially launched the event on the eve of Learning at Work Day at an evening reception at the DTI Conference Centre.
The minister said: "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."
To find out more about what took place for this year's Learning at Work Day and to register your interest for 2007 visit www.learningatworkday.com
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