Here at Skills for Justice, we are delighted to be an official national activity partner of Learning at Work Week, the biggest festival of workplace learning in the UK, taking place from 17th – 23rd May 2021.
As the Sector Skills Council for Justice for nearly 20 years’, it has always been, and will continue to be our main goal to provide guidance, support, learning tools and resources to our Justice workforce.
This year’s theme is Made for Learning, which focuses on our human capacity to learn. It’s based on raising awareness around how we can be great lifelong learners and the importance of connection and community for developing empowered people and dynamic organisations.
Our team of passionate workforce development specialists have curated a range of high quality, free resources for individuals and employers, to access any time, around your schedule, throughout Learning at Work Week. We hope you find our resources useful, and enjoy the range of activities planned throughout Learning at Work Week. Find our resources below:
Covid-19 Research Report – Supporting organisational priorities for recovery
Our report, ‘COVID-19 Insights: Impact on staff and priorities for recovery reveals the extensive mental and physical health impact on our public sector workforce, as a result of working and living through COVID-19, and identifies organisational priorities for recovery.
As the UK moves into the next phase of COVID-19, we must emphasise the need for employers across the sector to utilise intelligence and experience, harnessed from insights and delivered through leading reports such as these, as a helpful tool for reflection. Access the report and commentary
Developing a Resilient Workforce Research – Take part in the national survey
Working with our in-house Research Team, we have recently launched a national survey to support evidence-based, people-centred development of future workforces.
This vital research looks to capture cross-sector skills gaps, the impact on learning due to Covid-19, ongoing training needs, flexible and remote working, equality, diversity, and inclusion at work, as well as the organisational and people development requirements to support an ever-increasing complex workforce.
Please share your valuable experience with us and take part in our survey to make sure your voice is heard.
Labour Market Intelligence (LMI)
The success of any strategic and powerful workforce plan relies on understanding the potential upcoming skills demands, and the training and development activities required to meet them. Our Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) Insights can help, by providing a summary of labour force characteristics within a particular industry.
Find out more from our Researcher and LMI Author, Adela Sobrepera, as she explains more about how LMI’s can be used by employers, and what they mean to the sector. Read the latest Police & Law Enforcement LMI focusing on demography as well as education and training. We also support the Armed Forces workforce, with recently released, dedicated Armed Forces LMI Insights, concentrating on demography, health and disability.
Events and Skills for Justice Membership
Our events programme has been designed to share best practice, insights and updates in order to support the sector with their professional learning and development aims. We are a member of the CPD organisation which means we have made the commitment to ensure all our events have met the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmarks. Our events address important themes such as leadership, organisational culture, people, and workforce development.
Dr Benedict Eccles reflects on this year’s Learning at Work Week theme “Made for Learning” and the pandemic in his article “Why learning needs a human touch”. He looks at how we adapted to learning and development provision online, the importance of digital skills in helping us learn and connect, the fact that learning of the future now looks different than it did just two years ago and the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for each of us.
Skills for Justice Members celebrate Learning at Work Week
Our workforce experts and research team are reflecting on the three pillars of learning; Human = Learning, Human = Curiosity, Human = Connecting. Our Skills for Justice Members from the Fire and Rescue, Probation and Justice sector share their Learning at Work Week activities and ideas and explain why they commit to the ongoing development of their people. We created a three-part series: Skills for Justice Members Insights Series: Learning at Work Week – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
Leadership and complexity during crisis
Interview with Dr Benedict Eccles, Head of Consultancy Practice at Skills for Justice and a chartered psychologist specialising in learning and organisational development, touching on leadership approaches, accountability, health and wellbeing, financial implications and change management. Considering leadership and complexity within our sectors, whilst living through a global pandemic.
Future skills of the police
“I think the best people, the best leaders and the most effective practitioners are people who constantly remain curious, constantly wanting to stay fresh”. Leadership is a great privilege, but it's also a big challenge. I am very passionate about contributing my own thoughts and experience, both to help leaders develop, and to support them develop staff who don't seek leadership roles but have the skills the public they serve requires.”
You can read the full interview with our newest Associate Mike Cunningham QPM here
Reviewing current qualifications and developing new apprenticeships
Read our case study on how our workforce and vocational learning experts supported our member, Ministry of Justice with reviewing a current qualification and developing a new Level 3 Custody and Detention Apprenticeship. Rachel Henson, Talent & Capability Consultant, Ministry of Justice commented: “Further impact we have recognised is that staff who have been through the apprenticeship feel more valued, have more transferrable skills and we are hoping that they will progress through their careers in this sector.“
Key dates for HR and L&D professionals
Our team of experts have put together a list of key dates and events in 2021 to look out for, which are relevant for Police Services, Fire & Rescue, Emergency Services, Armed Forces, Prison and Probation. Add these to your diary to raise awareness, support your workforce and show your support for the community.
SFJ Awards recognising the power of virtual learning
Our sister organisation, and leading Awarding Organisation for the UK’s Justice, Security and Health sectors, SFJ Awards, are championing employers throughout Learning at Work Week, as a key sponsor for the annual Impact Awards.
The ‘Connecting People through Virtual Learning’ Award will recognise the importance of developing an accessible and meaningful virtual learning offer for staff to grow skills and resilience as we begin a slow recovery out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Employers can complete a nomination form to tell the judges who they’ve used virtual technology and online learning solutions to connect their workforce, and improve learning outcomes for all, throughout Learning at Work Week. Find out more about the SFJ Awards category
Skills for Health offers cost-effective, quality assured online learning supporting health and social care employers to develop the right skills for the workforce of the future.
Several online courses are available and applicable for a number of people working across public and key sectors who have responsibility for safeguarding and service user wellbeing. Topics include: Covid-19, Communication, Mental Health, Conflict Resolution, Equality, Diversity & Human Rights, Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery, Information and Cyber Security. You can access all courses here