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Learning at Work Week: Innovation in L&D

Innovation in L&D

Innovation is anything but business as usual. In May, approximately one million employees in the U.K. are impacted by Learning at Work Week, an annual celebration of learning where companies and organisations, large and small, shake up their routine and dedicate a week to developing their staff.

Learning at Work Week, organised by the Campaign for Learning, is the perfect excuse to gather the courage and time to cast aside what you know isn’t quite working, cook up solutions and try something new.

Many dedicated HR, talent development and L&D professionals seize on this opportunity to innovate through challenges that are all too familiar: tight budgets, staff spread across remote locations and employees disengaged with their professional development. Learning at Work Week creates many of the conditions for innovation that talent development professionals need but don’t always get. You have a deadline to hold the events in synchrony with the rest of the country and one week to hold your main activities. In short, there are intrinsic time constraints which are often critical to creativity. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, says that “one of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.” Learning at Work Week also lends the opportunities to question existing learning structures and to get buy-in to experiment from staff at all levels.

Innovation sounds great, but what does it look like in real life? Here is some inspiration presented by the challenges that L&D professionals from of a range of company-sizes, team-sizes, and financial resources faced and innovated through. We hope some of these challenges sound familiar and give you some new ideas to tackle them!

Finish reading the ''Making the Most of the Apprenticeship Levy'' article to learn how to tackle issues like:

  • Employees don't share knowledge
  • Employees don't think training will impact their performance
  • Employees don't think learning can be done outside the classroom
  • The company is growing too quickly to maintain product knowledge

This article is part of the U.K. L&D Report 2018: Benchmark Your Workplace Learning Strategy. 

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What's included?

  • The employee training budgets, training topics, and training methods of organisations in 2018.

  • Practical advice from L&D leaders to help you adopt new technologies, nurture a learning culture, get the most from the apprenticeship levy and measure and promote the value of workplace learning.

  • How learning professionals rate the executive engagement in learning, assess the impact of training and more!

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