NJT staff given £500 a year ‘to learn to code, make bread, kickbox – whatever they want’

By Linsey McNeill
13/07/2023
Home » NJT staff given £500 a year ‘to learn to code, make bread, kickbox – whatever they want’

Homeworking agency Not Just Travel is to give each of its 80 corporate team members £500 each to spend on developing their own skills.

Staff have been told the money can be spent to improve their skills in the workplace or in their personal lives.

One NJT staff member said they cried when they were told, as the money from the new Learning and Development Policy will pay for them to do a course to help their autistic children, which previously they couldn’t afford. “I’m so excited about the difference it will make,” they added.

Saying that NJT’s goal is to become one of the top voted places to work in the UK, co-founder Steve Witt added: “There aren’t many companies which give you £500 to learn to code, make bread or kickbox – whatever you want.

“We want to empower people to develop their own skills and interests. We’re at a size now where we can do things to say thank you that we couldn’t do before. It’s our way of giving back to our incredibly loyal team.” 

NJT Head of People Donna Stonehouse said the company is giving its team autonomy over its learning and development.

“They can choose to spend the money on IT training, a photography or gardening course, first aid training, or a finance-related course. It could be the Headspace or Calm app; it could be an online fitness programme; an A-level or equivalent; the options are endless,” she added.

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