A Million Participants for Learning at Work Day

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Around a million employees across the UK will be taking a break from their normal routine today as part of Learning at Work Day.

For workers in thousands of firms around the country, Learning At Work Day means taking a break from routine to participate in learning sessions designed to revitalise working life, increase motivation and boost skills.

Company events include:

* Nestle plans to hold taster sessions, run by employees, on a variety of activities from Asian wedding customs to IT sessions. Staff can drop in during work hours on anything that interests them.

* British Gas in Solihull is inviting Bollywood dancers, a Caribbean steel band and a Scottish bagpiper to pipe everyone to work in the morning.

* South Yorks Police and Yorkshire TV have arranged a training swap: the police will teach the TV station’s staff about self defence, and the TV trainers will offer advice on dealing with the media in return.

* The Army’s education centres in Britain, Northern Ireland and Cyprus will be offering car maintenance, forklift truck driving, latin dancing, genealogy and Greek.

The Campaign for Learning, which organises the event, said that behind all the fun is a serious message that learning should be enjoyable.

In line with the numeracy theme of the day, the Campaign for Learning has produced a fun quiz to diagnose your number skills.

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