Celebrating Learning and Development year in, year out, with the National Learning at Work Week Impact Awards

Here at SFJ Awards, we are committed to sustainable and flexible ongoing learning and development for people across all sectors, from public sector and voluntary, through to private industry.

Each year, we are in awe of the initiatives that L&D managers, teams and individuals come up with to add value to life-long learning for staff and volunteers in the workplace. The last 14 months have hugely affected the way in which we all work, learn, and develop. As some sectors in the UK begin the long road to recovery, it’s important that L&D teams take forward the lessons learnt from the pandemic to continue to enhance learning experiences for the workforce.

We’re thrilled to be supporting the national Learning at Work Week Impact Awards, which celebrate the national programmes employers run throughout Learning at Work (LAW) Week 17th – 21st May. Poignantly, the same week that additional industries can begin to open, as lockdown restrictions ease, and return-to-work training becomes critical for many employers and training providers.

The last year has demonstrated the important role that virtual learning plays in developing skills and confidence in the workforce. Not only does digital training allow greater accessibility for people to carry out learning at a time that suits them, but it also helps employers see a greater return on their training investments and find ingenious ways to help support life-long learning.

This year, we are celebrating initiatives throughout LAW Week with the ‘SFJ Awards Impact Award for Connecting People through Virtual Learning’. This award will recognise one private industry organisation, one public and one third sector organisation that best demonstrate how their LAW Week activities helped connect their people to virtual learning.

Entries are now open, and employers and L&D teams can find out more and download the entry form here to see the judging criteria for evidencing their digital training innovation. The deadline for submissions is 23rd July 2021, with winners announced in the autumn and a special trophy bestowed to recognise their fantastic achievement.

Julia Wright, National Director from the Campaign for Learning programme has been supporting the award, adding:

“We’re delighted to have SFJ Awards on board for this year’s Learning at Work Week Impact Awards. The awards recognise the fantastic work of so many learning and development teams who are delivering highly impactful virtual learning programmes for employees throughout Learning at Work Week. SFJ Awards is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Bodies for regulated qualifications and bespoke accreditation and is therefore very well placed to partner with us in celebrating the importance of high-quality training in supporting lifelong learning, across all sector areas.

The ‘Connecting Your People to Virtual Learning’ Award will particularly highlight employers in public and third sectors, and in the private industry, who are providing exceptional, accessible digital training opportunities to all. It will recognise those who are truly going above and beyond during this national learning campaign.”

You can also access a Five Step Guide for Learning at Work Week to see what other activities are available to support life-long learning, and access free learning resources for your workforce.

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