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Businesses urged to offer their teams a little learning during National Learning at Work Week

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Chris DawesChris DawesA Swindon presentation trainer is urging businesses to get onboard with a national event and help their staff carry on learning at work.

This week (May 14 to 20) is National Learning at Work Week, run by the Campaign for Learning, which aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work.

Chris Dawes, who is a presentation skills trainer and runs Open Dawes Training, believes company bosses should get behind the campaign by offering learning and development opportunities for their staff, which would benefit the organisation as much as the person receiving the training.

“It’s of course very important for employees to have the hard skills they need to do their role, but just as important are the soft skills – those extra skills which make them better, more effective workers and also help them to develop,” said Chris, who provides CPD accredited training in public speaking and presentation skills.

“This is where I believe some companies could do more for their staff. They should implement a full training and development strategy which gives their staff and management the opportunity to improve and extend their skills.”

Chris, who is also a commentator at motorsports events across the UK and abroad, said some companies really understand the benefits of providing learning opportunities, but others regard it as an unnecessary expense, with the returns difficult to measure.

“I’ve just delivered training for one client who wanted employees at every level to improve their speaking skills - not just the sales team, but the sales administrators, the warehouse manager and others - because that client really understood the benefit of having staff able to communicate effectively.”

Chris said companies which go ahead and invest in learning and development for their teams, should look for trainers with a strong background and track record in using the skills they train themselves, as well as accreditation. Chris’s own background is 18 years spent in business and media, where he honed his own presentation and speaking skills.

He said: “With CPD accredited training, such as we offer, not only are employers investing in quality training, but at the same time delegates can earn CPD credits, which for many is a requirement for their ongoing training and development and also a helpful measurement tool for those who don’t require the credits.”

A spokesman for the Campaign for Learning said: “We are likely to be healthier, happier, longer living and wealthier if we are active learners. We benefit as individuals, but learning beyond school also has wide-ranging and immeasurable benefits for our families and communities, our working lives, society and the economy.”