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Innovation in L&D Award Winners Announced

Learning at Work Week Impact Awards

Innovation in L&D helps drive growth, increase engagement, and provide opportunities where there may have been constraints for businesses and employees. At we believe that Learning at Work Week is the perfect opportunity to try out new innovative solutions for a more empowered workforce. That's why we were proud to sponsor an award celebrating innovation in learning for the 2017 Learning at Work Week Impact Awards.

We were impressed by the outstanding quality of all of our applicants and look forward to continuing our sponsorship of the award in 2018.

2017 Learning at Work Week Impact Award 
- The Innovation in L&D Winners

Our winning entries and runner up launched big, daring, and brand new initiatives to face L&D challenges head-on during their Learning at Work Weeks. We were particularly impressed by The Bread Factory and Edge Hill University's Learning Services solutions to their different challenges.

The Bread Factory - Large Organisation Winner

The Bread Factory used gamification to tackle the learning challenges that L&D departments face when they must onboard a multiplying workforce. By creating an escape room, live game show, and video game tournament, they helped promote product knowledge as well as a sense of inclusion to their rapidly growing and diverse workforce.

Edge Hill University Learning Services - SME Organisation Winner

Edge Hill University's Learning Services team showed how a two phase and blended approach, mixing online and face-to-face activities, successfully supported staff in a busy department to be digitally capable and use a range of digital tools. 

Essex County Council - Essex Social Care Academy (Adult Social Care) - Large Organisation Runner-Up

The Adult Social Care Academy team at Essex County Council were honoured as a runner-up for the award. They showed true innovation with an Alice in Wonderland ''Curiouser and Curiouser'' roadshow where they promoted and achieved record staff members engaging with their available learning resources including virtual reality.

Thomas Cook - Large Organisation Runner-Up

Thomas Cook, a runner-up for the award, engaged their more than 700 retail locations, in Learning at Work Week. Promoting and broadcasting 28 Facebook Live training broadcasts during on a wide range of subjects aligned to organizational goals helped drive self-learning and strengthened their learning culture. They increased the membership numbers of their closed L&D Facebook group by 99%.

Each winner and runner up demonstrated that they used innovation during Learning at Work Week to shake-up how their employees learn, increase engagement in learning and offer equal opportunities for development - which is an inspiration for our own LAWW, and an inspiration for any organization that is committed to maintaining a high standard of employee development.

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About Learning at Work Week

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About the Author

Abby works as the Communications Team Lead for with a mission of connecting learning leaders with the data and information they need to provide the best training possible for their people.

Originally from Indianapolis in the U.S., Abby studied her bachelor’s at Hanover College in Business and Literature and has worked for findcourses since 2015. She is passionate about corporate learning and works internally to help organise Learning at Work Week within's company of 165 team members, and provide and source external training in content creation as an in-house expert.

Abby is also the creator and editor of the UK L&D Report which interviews and surveys L&D leaders from top UK companies to help uncover data-driven best practice and easy-to-implement advice.

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