19 May 2015

Are you developing the next generation of employees? What skills do you need?

Why are we asking these seemingly random questions?

This week is Learning at Work Week.  Which is all about highlighting the importance of learning and development supporting all opportunities to learn.
It's all organised by the Campaign for Learning, the first event was in 1999 when it was a single day.

Each year has a theme and this year it is "Shaping our future" looking at the vital role of learning and development in creating resilient workplaces that look to the future.  Countryside staff are by the very nature of their jobs looking to the future in one way or another. Pretty much everyone who works in the countryside knows that a ten year plan is a short term one! (even when it turns out to be an essential if aspirational one -  what with current funding strictures) we don't plant trees expecting today them to be full size tomorrow. But how does this forward looking focus affect the staff and your team when it comes to learning at work?
The Learning at Work week website has highlights of a few specific areas to focus on for this year's theme and has ideas on how to implement them.
The one that strikes us as being of particular relevance to the countryside sector is Developing the future workforce: building links with groups and organisations outside the main business to help develop the next generation employees (volunteers anyone?); offer activities "designed to engage and inspire employees to learn" sounds like a corporate volunteer day (offer your services?) and of course "Promote opportunities for employees to develop their roles and careers within the organisation"  (sounds like CPD). CJS can help with that one, look at our Training Directory to find courses that will do just that or to refresh current certifications.

Our Training Directory has over a thousand listings for short courses not to mention those for longer courses and providers and is updated weekly (sometimes more frequently), searchable by date, location, type etc.
And just in case your office is need of a Team Building exercise see our list of voluntary organisations, and if you're not on there then why not? Send us the details it's free - of course it is, it's CJS!