Workplace Learning Advocates
Workplace Learning Advocates (WLAs) are employees in non-unionised companies who are trained to support and encourage formal and informal learning in the workplace.
The Career Review model was piloted by a group of WLAs in five companies across England.
Jane* had suffered a major fracture to her leg about 10 years ago. She has arthritis of the ankle joint. Eager to maintain a reasonable level of health and fitness, she is keen to take up any support available:
If it’s offered to me I will try and take it up. I want to work.
After attending only a couple of sessions, the client is experiencing health benefits. She is following the advice of specialists who have delivered the sessions and is employing different exercises and techniques:
I feel that I am able to be more mobile and flexible and I have a better knowledge of my condition. This in turn has given me more confidence in my performance at work; this has also been transferred to family life. What is really important is that I can recognise when I need support and that I am not letting the company down if I ask for it. They have been very supportive.
* This employee’s name has been changed