This week is Learning at Work Week, and our Learning Experience Designer, Michael Upton, is sharing his story and creating discussions with our colleagues around this year’s theme: Create the future.

This year’s theme is split up into three areas for discussion; thinking ahead to what the future holds, how we can future-proof the work we’re doing now, and what skills will help us shape the future we’d like to see. Here’s what Michael had to say:

“Create the future is a really empowering topic for the week and for me personally. As someone who started my career in learning and development delivering apprenticeships, I hope that I played a part in shaping the future of some of my learners and truly believe that learning is a fantastic tool to unlock so many different pathways that can shape or change the future for all.”

Michael’s role here at Magna sees him supporting colleagues from every corner of the business with their learning and development journey to help them find the right path to further education, whether they’re an apprentice who’s just joined us or a colleague who wants to further their knowledge or learn a new skill. He continued:

“Since moving over to a learning and development role from teaching I have found it so interesting to hear people’s thoughts towards learning whether that be good or bad. I have loved being able to still deliver learning but also enjoyed the diversity involved in supporting colleagues to explore learning opportunities and celebrate their achievements when they complete.”

“When it comes to the future, for me it starts with creating an inclusive culture where people feel safe and comfortable to share their ambitions and learn and develop. It’s also important to understand and recognise that we’re all so different in the way that we learn, and by embracing this we can create a culture in which people can see themselves learning and developing and shaping the future.”

Michael works closely with Jude Ellery, our other Learning Experience Designer at Magna, who has recently been delivering training to our colleagues so they can get the most out of our systems and technology. He said:

“I love this theme of looking into the future, because in a lot of ways the future is already here. Ten years ago, we’d print paper run sheets and tick jobs off with a pen, and now colleagues use phones and tablets to download and complete jobs.”

“The technology is immensely powerful, but it can also be daunting for many, so I see my job as supporting our colleagues in learning the vital IT skills that will set them up for Magna’s exciting future, whatever their base level of confidence or experience.”

We’re proud to have colleagues like Michael and Jude who work hard to support our colleagues with their learning and development journey, no matter how they choose to do it.

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