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7 Great Employee Learning Program Examples

Find out what makes a great employee learning program, and learn from some of the best examples in the industry.
Published 17 Dec 2021
Updated 16 Nov 2023
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7 Examples of Great Employee Learning Programs

Have you got any employee learning programs in place? Investing in your employees’ learning and development is crucial for business success.

When your team is genuinely interested in the work they are doing and have the desire to learn, they’re more likely to produce high-quality work and be more engaged in their day-to-day.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to have your team engaged at work, and investing in their learning is one way to do this. By letting your team know that you care about their professional development, you’ll see an increase in productivity, motivation and employee engagement.

When your team is continually learning, you’ll also improve employee retention rates, reducing the costs associated with staff turnover.

As humans, we love to learn. But what happens when the learning at work stops? Thoughts might start to flutter, and your employees will find themselves thinking, ‘maybe the grass is greener on the other side’. I don’t know about you, but I’d try to minimise the chance of my employees having these thoughts.

According to a 2019 study by LinkedIn, 94% of employees said they would stay at a job long-term if their employer invested in their learning and development. Additionally, the study found that one-quarter of Gen Z and Millennials place a lack of learning and development as their number one reason for leaving a job.

With statistics like this and an evergrowing number of Gen Z and millennials making up the workforce, it’s crucial you provide an employee learning program for your team.

What do the best employee learning programs have in common?

All great employee learning programs have one thing in common – they have a wide range of learning content available and readily accessible to their entire team.

So, if you’re ready to get inspired by seven great employee learning programs, read on.

We’ll also show you how to give your employees training opportunities that are up there with the best of the best. 🙌

1. Google

Google embraces a culture of workplace learning, so it’s no surprise that their employee learning and development program is considered one of the best. Googles ‘G2G’ (Googler-to-Googler) learning method is based on the idea that everyone can learn something from everyone.

The G2G learning method promotes employee-to-employee learning. This allows all team members to upskill across the company, regardless of their role or seniority. Google’s continual educational mentality ensures that a culture of learning is maintained and employees are nurtured along their career paths.Google offices - great examples of employee learning programs

Google Sydney Head Office

2. Airbnb

At Airbnb, their approach to learning is in the form of university-style classes. As the demand for data scientists increases, Airbnb made the decision to invest in their employees by developing a course in data science to upskill their team.

These classes range from beginner’s 100-level decision-making courses to middle-tier classes on topics like SQL.Airbnb Sydney Office Kitchen - Examples of Great Employee Learning Programs

Airbnb Sydney Office

3. Microsoft

Microsoft adopts a growth mindset approach when it comes to investing in their team’s learning and development. Microsoft’s belief is that when employees have a growth mindset, they are more engaged with the task at hand. These types of people process errors with the mentality that they will improve over time.

The result? A significant improvement in skills and a mental shift in the team from ‘I’m not smart enough’, to ‘I love learning from this challenge.’ Microsoft office Sydney - employee learning programs

Microsoft Head Office – Sydney

4. Facebook

Facebook approaches learning and development in a way that encourages autonomy in the team. Most of the learning is peer-to-peer or on-demand to suit the individual. They encourage employees to take the initiative to learn, and as a result, most of the learning occurs organically.

The culture is based on a workforce that is hungry to achieve and excel in their career through continuous learning.Facebook Sydney office - Employee Learning Programs

Facebook HQ – Sydney

5. Employment Hero

We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but at Employment Hero we offer a great employee learning program for our team. All of our team has access to our LMS, Learning Plus.

Learning Plus provides the Employment Hero team with access to comprehensive on-demand online courses so they can learn in their own time.

Some of the courses available to our team include:

  • Sales
  • Compliance
  • Leadership and management training
  • Customer service
  • Project management
  • Business skills training
  • Communication and soft skills

In addition to Learning Plus, we actively encourage our team to attend industry meetups and regularly go to workshops. If you’re looking to gain access to Learning Plus, find out more here.

Want to work for us? We don’t blame you. 🙌 Check out our available job openings hereGirl sitting on iPad learning on Learning Plus

6. Adobe

Adobe offers its employees access to an on-demand suite of e-learning tools. This covers topics on leadership and is available to all of their employees globally.

The goal of their leadership training is to drive productivity.Adobe Sydney Office

Adobe Sydney Offices

7. Amazon

Earlier this year, Amazon announced that it would invest $700,000 into training 100,000 of its warehouse staff. This educational program aims to train and retain employees from its warehouse teams.

Amazon will allow its warehouse workers to attend the Machine Learning University or if they’re interested in technology, learn software development through the Amazon Technical Academy. Pretty cool, right?

In addition to this, Amazon offers its new hires a month-long, intensive leadership course prior to starting in their role.

The thinking behind it? They want their employees to be owners from day one.workers in a warehouse

Feeling inspired and ready to get started with a great employee learning program?

If you’re looking to offer your employees access to thousands of on-demand courses available 24/7, we can help! At Employment Hero, we offer Learning Plus, an employee learning management system powered by Go1.

Learning Plus offers your employees access to some of the world’s best training resources across many industries including hospitality, business, aged care, retail and many more. When you build a company culture with learning ingrained, you will improve your EVP (Employee Value Proposition).

Meaning you can attract and retain top talent while upskilling your team. Sounds good, right? If you want to find out more about Learning Plus, get in touch with us today.

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