This week (19th-25th May) is Learning at Work week and it has got us thinking about the world of continuous professional development and how it applies to small business owners and start-ups. Major multinational companies have massive training budgets and whole teams of staff dedicated to sourcing and running the best training programmes to keep their employees at the top of their industries. In some professions an element of continuous professional development is required in order to maintain member or chartered status.
However as a small business owner every penny counts and with time spent running and growing your business it can be hard to see how Leaning at Work week can apply. However there are all sorts of ways to learn at work and many of us are learning every day without even realising it!
This year’s theme is about learning connections including how we can learn through connecting with others – both face to face and in the digital world. For small business owners, attending local networking events can often be a great way of finding out how other people do things and some events have speakers on particular topics that might be of interest. Online, many suppliers offer free e books, webinars or email newsletters with hints and tips that could help keep you ahead of the game.
Did you know, if you are self-employed you can even claim tax relief on updating expertise that you already have, such as attending courses to keep up to date with changes in your industry? During Learning at Work week there is also a variety of resources available including free access to the famous Peter Honey learning and behavioural online questionnaires and reports and Work Skills eLearning activities from Pearson.
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