South East



A committed network of ten organisations from across the private and voluntary sector had their second meeting in May 2013 as a celebration of Learning at Work Day. It proved a great opportunity to network and learn about free and low cost learning opportunities from WLAs.  


Seeing the value of Workplace Learning Advocates (WLAs) to local businesses, Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) have backed the training of 15 WLAs on a 2 day Open Awards accredited Information and Advice course. Lucy Nichol, one of OCC’s own Tutor Coordinators, has also been trained to continue to deliver accredited and short courses in the region for WLAs.



The first thriving network in London has an active group of WLAs from small businesses and Third Sector organisations ranging from care to advice and support organisations. One of these, Alpha Care Agency, is helping grow the skills base of organisations in Walthamstow, hosting two 2-day Information and Advice courses for 12 WLAs and 10 maths champions.


A network of small business entrepreneurs, part of Barking Enterprise Centre have, benefited from learning Excel skills to enhance their businesses through effective budgeting, planning and invoicing and learning about more free learning opportunities through Workplace Learning Advocates.



Newly trained WLA Santosh Jassal of Bravo Motors Group is seeing the benefits of the LWA approach already. The business is working locally with Havering College to train people to secure paid work placements for clients with learning disabilities. The company hopes to ensure that they are a company who combines profit with benefiting the community as a whole. You can read a full case study on Bravo at