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09/03/2005 - Launch of Learning Project

Hot on the heels of their Investors In People Award comes Allerdale Borough Council’s latest staff development initiative – the Learning Project.

Mayor of Allerdale, Councillor Sam Standage, will be launching the Learning Project on Monday 14 March at Allerdale House.

The aim of the project, which has been developed by the Council in partnership with TUC Learning Representatives, is to encourage continuous learning and development amongst all Council staff.

Providers such as Lakes College, Learndirect and Connexions will be attending to give information and demonstrations on a range of opportunities from developing basic IT skills to creative writing courses.

It is envisaged that Allerdale Council will eventually have its own training centre with computers available for staff to use, before and after work and in their lunch breaks, to log on and learn.

Development of staff ultimately leads to customer satisfaction as employees who are trained feel more valued and are motivated to provide excellent customer service.

Thelma Aye, Director of Personnel and Development said: “I am a firm believer in personal development, and am delighted that we are working together with the Trade Unions to build the capacity of people in our organisation. Allerdale believes in leading by example and valuing one another so I hope other organisations can also take advantage of this TUC backed initiative. We are also working in partnership with Lakes College West Cumbria and see this as a learning partnership for our futures.”

Susan Chilton, TUC Learning Representative, said: “Learning and development have always been a top priority for the TUC and the introduction of trained Learning Representatives to the workplace is helping to develop a ‘learning culture’ where training and education are highly valued by all.

“The launch of this Learning Project is the start of what we hope will be a successful and productive partnership between the TUC and Allerdale Borough Council to bring Lifelong Learning to the workplace.”

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