ABOUT LEARNING @ WORK

Learning happens all the time. We don't go into a course thinking: "For the next six hours I’m going to learn. After that I’m going to stop."

You might think that as an adult, your learning days are over. Wrong! We learn every day, especially at work. We learn how to do our job, how to communicate with people, new tips and tricks, and sometimes we even learn how to learn.

To prepare Singapore for the future, the national SkillsFuture initiative highlights the importance of skills mastery. What better way of developing our skills than by making sure we learn and perform effectively at work?

This website is meant for those of us who are curious about learning at work, either for ourselves or our colleagues, and want to learn how to do it better. If that sounds like you, and you would like to find out more after browsing this website, drop us an email at learningatwork@ial.edu.sg

SKILLSFUTURE AND THE ROLE OF WORKPLACE LEARNING

SkillsFuture was launched in August 2014 to deepen skills and further career progression for Singaporeans. It also looks at workplace and work-based learning as a key enabler for future success.

The conduciveness of the workplace as a place for skills development, career progression and for enhancing productivity is critical to the success of the SkillsFuture vision.

WHY INVEST IN ON-THE-JOB LEARNING?

In the manpower-lean environment that most businesses operate in today, making full use of learning opportunities at work has become a business imperative in order to minimise downtime in operations.

Enterprises committed to supporting and developing their staff to grow into the job, excel on-the-job, and move across or up the organisation ladder will be more successful at retaining talent. This is especially critical for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as they face more challenges in terms of recruitment, training and retention.

WHY LEARNING @ WORK?

When we think of learning, most of us think about schools and universities, or of career training with a focus on job requirements and professional advancement being the key impetus. Learning is even seen by some companies as a costly disruption to workplace productivity.

But did you know that learning which happens through work and for work (or what we term Learning@Work) is way more effective than learning outside of work? Multiple studies over the past few years have shown that the workplace can be a really effective, if not the most effective, place to learn.


Some learning and development practitioners have proposed that at work, we learn:

This goes to show that experiential and social learning in the workplace provide the majority of learning opportunities and experiences. Learning@Work looks at optimising the how, where, and when of learning at work. It examines the workplace as a site for learning that is convenient, authentic and rich!

WHAT ARE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE?

Learning@Work is frequently updated with articles and resources from key experts in the workplace learning domain.

For Employers and HR Managers, you may assess your company or team’s current scorecard on workplace learning and compare it with similar organisations in the industry. We have developed the Index for Learning@Work at workdiagnostic to help you understand how your team is performing in workplace learning and get ideas on what could be better.