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The Johnston Partnership has been involved in developing/delivering Learning Advocates/Workplace Learning Advocates (WLAs) since 2004.  WLAs are employees who encourage informal and formal learning at work and in their local communities.

WLAs developed into a national scheme in partnership with a London based organisation called Workbase Training.  From January 2016 the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) took over the role of leading WLAs.

For more info go to - http://wea.org.uk/get-involved/workplace-learning-advocates  

 

Classroom Based & On-Line Courses

For more information about training as a WLA you need to register with WEA - http://www.wea.org.uk/wla-form

 

The Johnston Partnership - Other projects

See the bottom of this page for details of the range of workshops that are available and click here to read about the range of training and consultancy services on offer.

 

PARTNERSHIPS/FUNDING

The Johnston Partnership have supported lots of national campaigns eg Maths4Us, National Numeracy, Mid-Life Career Review & Citizens' Curriculum.

The Learning Advocates initiative was set up with funding from the Skills Funding Agency/European Social Fund and was further developed into Workplace Learning Advocates with Skills Funding Agency/Adult & Community Learning/Department for Business, Innovation & Skills funding.

 

For more information please contact The Johnston Partnership.

Liz Johnston, Consultant, 07791 639 146 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Graham Johnston, Consultant, 07791 639 196 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

The Role of Workplace Learning Advocates

 

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WORKPLACE LEARNING ADVOCATES(WLAs)

WLAs are employees in non-unionised companies who’ve been trained in information and advice skills in order to encourage and support work colleagues back into learning.

These are the basics of the role of a WLA who has completed the 2 day training course

  • Identifying colleagues learning needs.

  • Providing information and advice about learning opportunities and different ways of learning.

  • Helping to remove barriers to learning.

  • Developing an awareness of local learning opportunities and other sources of advice and guidance. 

  • Gathering and organising learning information.

  • Promoting a learning culture within the workplace by:

    • Displaying information about learning opportunities. 

    • Displaying information about learning campaigns eg Adult Learners Week, Learning at Work Week.

    • Working with employers to plan and organise learning and skills programmes.

These are the basics of the role of a WLA who has completed the on-line training course

 

  • Gathering publicity information about learning opportunities and learning campaigns

  • Promoting a learning culture within the workplace by:

    • Displaying/disseminating information about learning opportunities.

    • Displaying/disseminating information about learning campaigns eg Adult Learners Week, Learning at Work Week.

       

       

For more information please contact The Johnston Partnership.

 

Liz Johnston, Consultant, 07791 639 146 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Graham Johnston, Consultant, 07791 639 196 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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Workplace Learning Advocates (WLAs) are given on-going support after their training. This includes:

Telephone/Email support from trained information, advice and guidance workers. WLAs can contact staff from The Johnston Partnership and staff from our partner organisations for support.

Regular network meetings to enable WLAs to find out about current learning opportunities and campaigns. The meetings may include:

  • Speakers from learning and advice and guidance providers.

  • Training.

  • A chance to share ideas about how to carry out the role in the workplace.

Regular E-News & E-Shots to keep WLAs up-to-date with current national and local learning opportunities and campaigns.

An opportunity to register on the national website giving access to a closed section which houses additional resources to support the WLA role.  Go to www.wlas.org.uk and click on Register Now to get started.

 

For more information please contact The Johnston Partnership.

 

Liz Johnston, Consultant, 07791 639 146 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Graham Johnston, Consultant, 07791 639 196 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Tell us what you think

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What do we do well?
What can we do better?
What other courses could we offer?

 

 

Each year we train lots of people and we want to know what you think of our courses and if you've got any ideas for other courses that would help employers. Send your ideas to Liz Johnston -

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We'll regularly let you know what we've done as a result of your suggestions. See below for an update on what we've done so far .....

You said ... We did

 

  • Advocates said they all wanted on-going access to the on-line supporters course. We now give everyone a username and password so that they can access the course anytime.

  • Advocates asked if they could have more information about training opportunities for them. We now incorporate this information into courses.

  • Advocates asked us to change the Learning Logs that are filled in at the end of each session - They are now smaller/simpler !

  • Advocates asked for more visual handouts so we've started using mind maps.

  • An advocate asked us for video clips of interviews ... We provided clips to watch. 

 

For more information please contact The Johnston Partnership.

 

Liz Johnston, Consultant, 07791 639 146 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Graham Johnston, Consultant, 07791 639 196 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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