The LearningNext campaign is all about recognising that learning never stops, and that developing new skills and capabilities is something that should last a lifetime.

We want to challenge the myth that qualifications and learning are limited to schools and universities, and demonstrate that whether you are a learner, employer, policymaker, or training provider, we all have a part to play in getting learning at the heart of what we do.

We’re calling on people all over the world to share what they are #LearningNext, and demonstrate that they know there is always more to learn, always more to discover, always more to master.

If people from every walk of life hold their hands up and show how proud they are to learn, and if it inspires just one person to focus on their own development or one business to take another look at their training programmes, we’ll have done a world of good in getting people ready for the future – whatever it looks like.

Some examples of #LearningNext posts on social media.

Why we need to change

Over the past 140 years, City & Guilds Group has worked closely with businesses of all sizes and sectors, and with people who are just starting out in their employment through to those who are at the top of their professions. We focus on  equipping workforces with the right combination of skills that will help people into a career, that they can develop as they progress in the workplace and as the world around them evolves.

We are in a rapidly evolving socioeconomic climate, and the nature of work is continually changing. An increase in technology and automation is impacting the way we work and the jobs that we do, as well as the way we learn and the demographics that make up the workforce. In this environment, we know that the skills needed today may not be the skills needed tomorrow, and that it’s not always easy to manage the seemingly competing priorities of fulfilling the needs of a job today, with getting equipped with the capabilities to thrive in jobs of the future.

Overcoming the barriers to learning

Our recent research explored the current perceptions of lifelong learning, and how we could shift the perceptions and emphasis put onto training, amongst individuals, organisations, and economies. We uncovered a number of challenges preventing people from learning more – everything from lack of time to lack of investment to lack of feedback – and this is something we want to change.

What are you #LearningNext?

The research was carried out amongst 2,000 full and part-time workers in Great Britain in partnership with YouGov and launched as part of celebrations to mark our 140th anniversary year.

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