Towards Maturity accelerates learning transformation in Australia and New Zealand

Nov 13, 2018 | Featured, General, Press Release

Towards Maturity is delighted to announce that Michelle Ockers, the highly experienced L&D strategist based in Australia, is joining the business as an expert analyst to strengthen their growing presence in the region.

“Last year we launched our inaugural Towards Maturity report for the region,” says Laura Overton, CEO and founder of Towards Maturity. “We are very excited to work with Michelle and to explore how our new analyst approach can be extended into Australia. We have seen a steady interest in the Towards Maturity Health Check over the last few years in Australia with over 180 local organisations participating in the last 18 months. With Michelle on board, we are now able to help organisations in the region apply that learning intelligence at a local level.”

On November 20 at 10am, AEDT, Towards Maturity is holding its first webinar that explores how local organisations can accelerate their learning transformation journey. The webinar will introduce the Transformation Curve to the region and will consider how learning leaders in Australia and New Zealand compare with their global peers.

Ockers, who has spent the last 13 years in L&D roles, including designing and leading a Technical Academy for Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), offers a wealth of local expertise, contacts and knowledge. She also knows how Towards Maturity can help deliver real impact, having first used their benchmark service at CCA to modernise approaches to learning and to improve business performance, then again at Qantas in 2017, where Ockers used the benchmark along with Towards Maturity’s Learner Intelligence as part of her work as strategic advisor on learning transformation. Ockers thinks there is a strong appetite for change in Australia and New Zealand and is very excited to be part of Towards Maturity’s drive to modernise learning.

“The conversation between learning professionals in Australia and New Zealand has shifted a lot in the past few years,” she says. “There is an awareness of the need to transform approaches to move beyond delivering courses to creating strategic value. The insights provided in The Transformation Curve provide clearer guidance than ever on actions required to deliver business impact, no matter where you are on the journey.  I’m partnering with Towards Maturity as we can help accelerate the changes that Australian and New Zealand organisations are ready to make.”


About Michelle Ockers

Michelle Ockers works with business and learning and development leaders to realise the untapped potential of learning in organisations.  She is an independent strategist, mentor, facilitator, trainer and speaker.  Her partnership with Towards Maturity as an expert analyst adds to the services she provides to build learning capability and impact business results.  Find out more at


About Towards Maturity

Towards Maturity is an independent research company that provides expert advice and support to help organisations accelerate business performance through learning. It leverages the data of its longitudinal Benchmark Study, the largest learning strategy benchmark in the world. Since 2003, over 5,500 organisations and 35,000 learners have contributed to the Towards Maturity Benchmark.

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