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Helping people learn

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This factsheet was last updated in May 2015.

What does ‘helping people learn’ mean in a workplace context?

Helping people learn involves supporting, accelerating and directing learning for groups or individuals. In the context of the workplace, this learning is specifically designed to support organisational strategy.

Given that high levels of workforce skills are critical to economic prosperity, supporting learning at work is high on the agenda of policy-makers and employers in many parts of the world. For organisations, the skills of the workforce are vital to meet current and future business demands. For individuals, skills levels help to determine their employment and earnings potential.

In order to improve a country’s skills profile, it’s not enough to simply focus on pre-employment education and training. It’s also crucial for employers to continually invest in and develop the skills levels of their employees through methods such as on-the-job training, in-house development and coaching.

Against this background, organisations should encourage and nurture a learning culture in order to benefit from a highly-skilled and innovative workforce.

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