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Creativity and Curiosity wins the day at Learning at Work Week awards

30 November 2017

Staff within Essex County Council’s adult social care services are celebrating today after winning the Campaign for Learning Impact Award for Inspiring Curiosity and Creativity, following Learning at Work Week which took place in May. The team have also been Highly Commended for Innovation in Learning and Development.

Learning at Work Week takes places every year and is coordinated by the Campaign for Learning. It is led by companies and organisations which use it to promote their current learning and development programmes and trial new ways of learning at work.

Colleagues in Essex aligned the campaign’s theme with the works of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ books to promote training across the county for staff.

The informal atmosphere of a county-wide roadshow was helped by creative use of the campaign’s theme, and collaboration with internal and external partners. Staff across Essex received answers to their queries directly from subject-matter experts, and discovered current and forthcoming development opportunities. 

Councillor John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Essex County Council said, “This is another great achievement by our adult social care staff in a week that has also seen them win a Social Worker of the Year award for the Virtual Dementia Tour training programme.

Staff development, and access to learning is vital to us, and I am pleased to celebrate this win and congratulate all those involved in the roadshow.”

Will Chaney, Workforce Capability Team Manager, Essex County Council said, “We wanted to use the “Curious and Creative” theme to “lighten the mood” and open dialogue with staff, encouraging them to follow in Alice in Wonderland’s steps, through being “curiouser and curiouser”.

The aim was to highlight the breadth of resources available to support their development, which we believe our roadshow achieved.”