Experts at The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub are calling on businesses in the county to discover new skills during Learning at Work Week.

The national event, delivered by Campaign for Learning, runs from May 13 – May 19 and encourages people to learn something new or take part with training alongside work colleagues.

A workplace report published by LinkedIn has revealed 90% of organisations have concerns over employee retention and providing learning opportunities is a top retention strategy. The report also showed companies with ‘strong learning cultures’ see higher rates of retention.

It revealed 7 in 10 people say learning ‘improves their sense of connection to their organisation’ and 91% of L&D professionals agree that human skills, or soft skills, are increasingly important.

The Open Universitiy’s 2023 Business Barometer  showed one of the major challenges facing employers was skills shortages.

Bethany Allen, growth operations manager, said: At a time when businesses are faced with increasing costs and pressures, we know that workplace learning can often fall to the bottom of the list.

“However, is it proven that a well-planned skills programme is a key indicator to retaining team members, driving morale and improving productivity.”

Growth Hub experts are inviting businesses to call them so together they can get beneath the skin of their business to uncover the skills needed – now and in the future – and introduce them to training to get results.

Ian Watkiss, Growth Hub growth connector, said: “It’s always great to sit down with businesses to unpack their strengths and weaknesses, celebrate and reflect on achievements whilst also having an honest chat about what can be improved.

“For those who are looking to grow, being able to see clearly where their next priorities are in terms of skills is often essential, and we welcome the opportunity to support where we can.”

The Growth Hub also has free workshops on a variety of topics including Intellectual Property, Sustainability, Carbon Literacy, Inclusion and more.