What is a learning culture?

A learning culture is more than just a set of values or policies. It’s an environment that actively fosters individual and organisational development, one where knowledge acquisition and sharing are prioritised and incentivised. As a result, a learning culture will become an integral part of the organisation.


The benefits of a learning culture

1. Improved employee satisfaction

A culture of learning can improve employee satisfaction in many ways. Firstly, when an organisation invests in its employees’ development, it shows that it values them as individuals and wants to help them grow both personally and professionally. This can boost morale and create a more positive work environment.

Secondly, when employees are given opportunities to learn new skills and take on new challenges, it can increase their sense of ownership and engagement in their work. They may feel more motivated to contribute to the organisation’s goals and feel a greater sense of pride in their accomplishments. Ultimately making the individual feel more fulfilled in their job, as well as allowing them to enhance their productivity and performance.

2. Increased employee retention

Promoting a culture of learning in your organisation can lead to lower employee turnover. If your employees are more satisfied with their job, the work they are doing, and the opportunities they are being given, they are less likely to want to leave. This can save you time and money that would otherwise be spent on hiring and training new employees.

3. Saves on new hires

Research shows that external hiring can cost 1.7 times more than internal hiring. By developing the skills of your current employees, you could save your organisation money in the long run by ensuring you have a steady stream of employees ready to be promoted to the next step in their career.

4. More competitive

“Fewer than half (47%) of UK employees agree that their job offers good opportunities to develop skills.” Creating learning cultures, CIPD

With many organisations not providing additional learning opportunities for their staff, promoting a culture of learning can make your organisation really stand out against the competition helping to attract potential employees. Not only can this make the recruitment process quicker and easier, but it can also save on costs by reducing the need to hire temporary or locum staff.

5. Encouraging closer collaboration

A learning culture can help foster innovation and creativity within an organisation, as individuals are encouraged to share ideas and collaborate with one another. This can not only help improve working relationships and teamwork between staff, but it can also help the organisation to stay competitive and adapt to changes in the sector and in wider society.


About Skills for Justice

Skills for Justice are experts in workforce development and guiding organisational change. We can support you to build a learning culture suited to your organisation’s unique needs. Get in touch with our team to find out more.


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