Learning at Work Week

Learning at Work Week Flare

National Learning at Work Week is taking place from 15 – 21 May and provides a great opportunity to promote the value of learning in the workplace. The theme for 2017 is ‘curious and creative’.

Learning can help to bring out the best in staff and enable organisations to stay one step ahead, improving productivity, encouraging innovation and opening up new possibilities.

Throughout the week, a number of Bristol Learning City partners and supporting organisations will be working together to promote and celebrate the benefits of learning and development at work. A range of FREE events, activities, skills sessions and workshops will be available for the local workforce and people of Bristol, as well as participating organisations employees.

Take a look at the week’s FREE events and activities below or visit our dedicated Storify page for 10 ideas of how you can get involved with the week.

Partners and Supporting Organisations

Events and Activities

Here are the events and activities that are taking place in Bristol throughout Learning at Work Week. All of the events are open to the general public and are free of charge.

How facilitation can change the world

We believe that facilitation can change the world. It brings people together to overcome challenges and build resilient networks between communities and with individuals. This seminar is a chance to learn more about facilitation and discover how it can benefit you in the workplace.

Venue: Arnolfini, Meeting Room, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Date: Monday 15 May

Time: 14.00pm – 16.00pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Adults, Seminar, Open to All

Booking: 

james.snelgrove@bristol.gov.uk

Spaces are limited, please book early to ensure your place.

Learning Afloat with Bristol Ferries

Come and sample Bristol Ferries educational school trips for FREE! The school trips are designed to complement History and Geography curriculums for both Primary and Secondary school ages. The boat trip can bring topics ranging from regeneration or abolition to life. A range of classroom support materials will also be on display.

Venue: Bristol Ferryboat Matilda from the Arnolfini landing stage. (Please note that pick-ups can also be arranged from Temple Meads and SS Great Britain).

Date: Monday 15 May

Time: 16.30pm – 17.30pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Educators

Booking: 

education@bristolferry.com

Spaces are limited, please book early to ensure your place.

BCfm Radio Open Doors 

On Tuesday 16 May, wannabe radio presenters are invited to present on BCfm Radio‘s ‘One Love Breakfast‘ or ‘Real Women‘ shows. Recite, sing, interview or simply present live on air.

Venue: BCFM Studios, Russell Town Avenue, St George, Bristol, BS5 9LT

Date: Tuesday 16 May

Time: 7.00am – 10.00am (One Love Breakfast show) or 10.00am – 11.00am (Real Women show)

Prices: Free

Event Type: Adults, Open to All

Booking: george.smith@bcfm.org.uk

Spaces are limited, please book early to ensure your place.

Unite Learning for Life

Throughout the day on Tuesday 16 May, Unite the Union will be offering computer basics skill sessions, CV writing workshops, careers advice and guidance, plus more!

Venue: Unite Union, Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6AY

Date: Tuesday 16 May

Time: 10.30am – 15.00pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Adults, Open to All, Workshops

Booking: Book on Eventbrite

Spaces are limited, please book early to ensure your place.

Further Information: 

Juanita.McKenzie@unitetheunion.org

or

Matt.Gillett@unitetheunion.org

Apprentice CV Workshop

KPMG and Key Training staff will be running this lunchtime workshop to offer CV help and advice for Apprentices or those thinking of becoming an Apprentice.

Venue: KPMG, 66 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4BE

Date: Tuesday 16 May

Time: 12.30pm – 13.30pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Apprentices, Students, Workshop

Booking:

Bryonie.Madine@keytraining.co.uk

Spaces are limited, please book early to ensure your place.

Championing Learning for Communities

As part of Learning at Work Week, Citizen Services from Bristol City Council will be running a FREE drop-in session at City Hall for anyone who wants to learn about council services online and discuss the support that’s available to those in need within their local community.

Venue: City Hall,  First Floor, Room 1P01

Date: Wednesday 17 May

Time: 11.00am – 15.00pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Adults, Workshop, Open to All

Booking: Drop-in session, no booking required

Further Information: Ryan Kelsey, pace@bristol.gov.uk

Creative Problem Solving Workshop

A short workshop session to introduce a couple of problem solving techniques.

Venue: City Hall, First Floor, Room 1P06

Date: Wednesday 17 May

Time: 12.00pm – 13.00pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Adults, Workshop, Open to All

Booking: Drop-in session, no booking required

Further Information: learning.city@bristol.gov.uk

Employability Skills Workshop 

Clarke Willmott are extending their existing Refugee Conversations on Wednesday 17 May to include advice and information on CV writing and interview skills for refugees and asylum seekers connected with Borderlands Bristol or Unseen UK.

Venue: Clarke Willmott, 1 Georges Square, Bath Street, Bristol, BS1 6BA

Date: Wednesday 17 May

Time: 12.00pm – 14.00pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Refugees and asylum seekers connected with Borderlands Bristol or Unseen UK

Booking: Drop-in session, no booking required

Further Information: 

Eileen.Eastment@clarkewillmott.com

British Sign Language Poetry Workshop

An opportunity to explore words and poetry by expressing yourself through the use of your hands.

Venue: Bristol Energy Hub, 1 Cannon’s Walk, Bristol

Date: Wednesday 17 May

Time: 12.00pm – 14.00pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Adults, Students, Workshop, Open to All

Booking: mike.duncan@bristol-energy.co.uk

Spaces are limited, please book early to ensure your place.

Working Life Stories

An opportunity for over 55s living in Bristol to share their working life stories with those who are just starting out in their careers. It’s a chance to find out about people’s career successes or challenges, with plenty of time to socialise over tea and cake.

Venue: Bristol Energy Hub, 1 Cannon’s Walk, Bristol

Date: Wednesday 17 May

Time: 14.30pm – 16.00pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Adults, Students, Workshop, Open to All

Booking: mike.duncan@bristol-energy.co.uk

Spaces are limited, please book early to ensure your place.

Barefoot Computing Workshop

At this Barefoot Workshop, Primary school teachers and educators will be introduced to the Barefoot website and resources. During the workshop you’ll learn how Barefoot complements the computing curriculum and also take part in a number of activities.

A big focus of the workshop is “computational thinking”; the core skills that pupils need to go on to become effective coders and programmers.

Venue: City Hall, First Floor, Room 1P06

Date: Wednesday 17 May

Time: 16.30pm – 18.00pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Primary school teachers and educators

Booking: Book on Eventbrite

Spaces are limited, please book early to ensure your place.

Laughter Yoga

A laughter yoga experience with Joe Hoare that’s fun, energising, stress-busting, embodying and connecting! No forced or fake laughter – all natural and easy.

Venue: Arnolfini, Light Studio, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Date: Thursday 18 May

Time: 12.30pm – 13.00pm

Prices: Free

Event Type: Adults, Workshop, Open to All

Booking: louise.wardle@bristol.gov.uk

Spaces are limited, please book early to ensure your place.

Employee Skill Sessions and Workshops

During Learning at Work Week, a number of Bristol Learning City partners and supporting organisations will be offering skills sessions and workshops for their own employees.

Bristol City Council

Skills sessions taking place during Learning at Work Week for Bristol City Council employees include:

  • First aid workshop
  • E-learning workshop
  • Laughter yoga
  • An introduction into agile working
  • Cafe communications drop-in
  • Restorative approaches to problem solving seminar
  • Learning lunches – skills and hobby swaps.

Clarke Willmott 

On Thursday 18 May, Clarke Willmott are organising ‘Bring your own hobby to work day’. Employees within the organisation’s Bristol office are being encouraged to share their hobbies and interests with others internally throughout the day.

Ovo Energy

On Friday 19 May, Ovo Energy are organising a ‘Learn@Lunch’ session for their employees. This lunchtime session will give employees the opportunity to sit together with people from across the organisation to learn new things whilst they have their lunch! The Learn@Lunch are short interactive sessions where individuals are encouraged to learn and grow their technical skills or knowledge on key topics.

Bristol Energy

Skills sessions taking place during Learning at Work Week for Bristol Energy employees include: