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How building a learning culture can result in top marks for your business

Written by: Anne Corder
Published on: 2 Mar 2022


February 2022

How building a learning culture can result in top marks for your business

OVER the last two years, millions of employees have adapted to new ways of working, acquired new talents and taken on new responsibilities in their professional lives.

While this shows commitment and great strength of character, many employees will have not received formal training for these changes and may still require some degree of learning and development.

Building a learning culture is more relevant than ever, says Peterborough-based recruitment agency Anne Corder Recruitment – and something that should be a core value of any business.

Managing director Nel Woolcott: “Times have changed, and many lessons have been learned from the pandemic – not least the importance of a learning culture within business, and in particular those where hybrid and/or flexible working has become a way of life.

“We know that workshops and training programmes can be fantastic ways to build knowledge, skills and capability.

“However, there is so much more that can be gained by putting ‘learning’ at the core, focussing on joined up thinking between employer and employees and ensuring that it simply isn’t just a tick box exercise.

“By putting learning at the centre of the business, employers can not only benefit from growth, productivity and profitability, but it promotes job satisfaction and a commitment to the organisation from staff – promoting a win win situation.”

Types of learning can include:

  • On-the-job
  • Online learning such as webinars
  • Learning from peers
  • In-house development programmes
  • External conferences, workshops and events
  • Instructor-led training delivered off the job
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Formal qualification
  • Blended learning
  • Job rotation, secondment and shadowing

‘Building a Learning Culture’ is the topic of an Anne Corder Recruitment online lunch and learn session on March 10, led by development and coaching expert Katy Walton from Make Real Progress.

Katy added: “It’s far more effective to have an overall strategy and culture which values learning in all its forms. Employers may well have been on the receiving end of requests to ‘just run a workshop on X’ in the past, and they may well be aware that on its own, it’s unlikely to embed or make a significant difference.

“In the session, we will look at what a learning culture involves, how to create one and how to make sure that learning from workshops really sticks.”

For more details on the lunch and learn programme visit or to register for free, email

Places are limited and Katy’s session runs from 10.30-11.30am on Thursday 10 March.

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