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Learning at work - how to develop your team without it costing a fortune!

Posted by Tracy Powley 11/05/18

Learning at work weekLet’s celebrate Learning at Work Week by looking at the numerous development opportunities which exist at work... and most do not cost money!

90% of all learning happens on the job, not in a structured classroom training environment at all, but actually going about our day-to-day work. 

Too many organisations focus on the ‘delivered’ training session and overlook opportunities constantly around us at work. Chairing a team meeting for the first time or tackling a particularly difficult conversation with a team member are all situations full of learning possibility - we just need to ensure we have debrief conversations or create opportunities to share experiences, in order to extract the learning and ensure it makes a difference. 

Development plans shouldn’t just be about listing ‘courses’ for people to attend, but should identify practical on-the-job opportunities, as legitimate means of learning. 

Here are just some suggestions to inspire you – and most won’t break the bank!

  • shadowing
  • coaching
  • mentoring
  • buddying up
  • discussing an issue with a colleague
  • network groups
  • seminars
  • conferences
  • secondment
  • working on a inter-departmental project team
  • talking to clients
  • reading articles and blogs from professional magazines and industry experts
  • receiving feedback
  • swapping experiences
  • job rotation
  • e-learning
  • YouTube
  • “expert” talks 
  • team meetings

What would you add?

To ensure you get the most from any learning opportunity see our blog on how to get a return on your investment in training or email us on or give us a call on 01903 732 782 to chat through your team’s and managers’ learning needs.

Tracy Powley
Tracy Powley

Stella Chandler and I founded Focal Point on a shared belief that a training course run in isolation doesn't work. We passionately believe there must be support both before and after the training or coaching session itself for it to make a difference. When I am not facilitating sessions with clients or looking at ways to grow the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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