The Pensions Regulator

  Terry Clayworth,  Manager, Regulated Community Learning,looks at how The Pensions Regulator decided to use e-learning to help them address the challenge of reaching 100,000 trustees in a wide range of large and small businesses.He outlines practical lessons on...

e-learning at Lloyds TSB (Video Short Podcast)

FLV file   LLoyds TSB have been using e-learning in the workplace for many years, they are now mature users of e-learning where it is accepted as ‘the way we do things around here’. In this interview , Gary Bellamy , Senior Manager, Learning...
The Millennial Challenge: Can We Make Them Stay?

The Millennial Challenge: Can We Make Them Stay?

The average Millennial employee only stays with a single employer for an average of three years. A business that isn’t making the most of the opportunities that this bright new talent provides will ultimately fall behind, so being able to overcome the Millennial...
Is the Modern Learner disrupting L&D?

Is the Modern Learner disrupting L&D?

Speexx offers three tips to help today’s L&D teams adapt to the changing dynamic of today’s workforce and its learning methods. The L&D sector has changed drastically over the last decade. As the workplace is going through a profound digital transformation,...
Practitioner Tips from the CIPD L&D show

Practitioner Tips from the CIPD L&D show

Preparing for the future of learning – Practitioner tips from the CIPD L&D show At the CIPD L&D show last month Laura Overton (Towards Maturity) and Derek Bruce (ABN AMRO) discussed how L&D staff can prepare for the future of learning. The L&D...
How Understanding the Science of Learning Can Help L&D

How Understanding the Science of Learning Can Help L&D

We caught up with Occupational Psychologist Gary Luffman of Think.Change! at the CIPD Conference to find out more about how applying the fundamentals of learning science could impact learner behaviour. Change. It’s a word so commonly used in the context of...
In-Focus: Preparing for the Future of Learning (2016)

In-Focus: Preparing for the Future of Learning (2016)

This report is free to download, thanks to the support of our Strategic Partner, the CIPD. One year ago, in a joint research report from Towards Maturity and the CIPD, we reported the need to ensure that there is a clear line of sight between L&D activity and...

Webinar: 10 Insights for Engaging with Learners

Join Towards Maturity and Filtered for this webinar to learn what technology choices today’s learners are making. What better way to understand how to engage with learners, than to learn from learners?  At the end of 2015, Filtered and Towards Maturity ran...

Why L&D need to FOCUS to move on

Laura Overton shares five areas where L&D teams can make a real impact in 2016, along with a new challenge to L&D leaders. “We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one...

Why L&D need to let go to move on!

Laura Overton reflects on the year past and gives us a list of ‘let go!’s for the future that can’t be ignored… As one year finished and a new one began, we were treated to a plethora of articles on what’s next, what’s trending and what is not...
BMJ Quality in distance learning

BMJ Quality in distance learning

Healthcare professionals at the front line are often unsure of their role in improving quality and how to influence change. Quality improvement is now becoming part of the training and on-going assessment for healthcare professionals. This means that increasingly...

Optimising L&D Performance

Everyone is talking about it – DATA! Big data, little data, HR, talent learning analytics of every kind. You name it, somebody somewhere is counting it. But why the big fuss? From a business perspective, the focus on data-driven decision-making is big news. Research...
The Learner Voice: Part 2

The Learner Voice: Part 2

The Learner Voice series aims to help L&D leaders challenge their assumptions about workplace learning and to identify new opportunities to connect with and engage their staff. Direct Learner insights have been drawn from the Towards Maturity Learning Landscape...

Evolving L&D at the MOD

Towards Maturity and the CIPD have recently launched a new report L&D Evolving Roles:Enhancing Skills that considers the future direction of L&D and the skills that they need to get there. The report included a number of detailed interviews including this one...

Is Your Compliance Training Holding You Back?

Review your compliance training programmes in just 15 minutes or less. Get Started [This opportunity closes 12 May 2015]  Is your compliance training holding you back? Since 2012, 85% of L&D leaders are proving learning to staff to help their...

Debunking the ‘Learner Centric’ Myths of L&D

L&D professionals spend a lot of time building ‘learner centric’ strategies that help them connect with staff in vibrant new ways and yet 3 out of 5 claim that their learners and managers fail to engage. This is a number that increases year on year. So where are...

Oxfam aWASH with Expertise to Transform Lives

“Lift one person and they will lift others.” Oxfam is a globally renowned aid and development charity with 70 years of experience, working and campaigning with partners in over 90 countries worldwide. The business goal of this initiativeThe shocking truth is...

Engaging disengaged Learners

So are our staff reluctant learners? Or are they just reluctant to engage with the solutions that L&D teams provide? In this presentation, Laura Overton, MD of the benchmarking organisation Towards Maturity, explores perspectives from 500 L&D professionals and...
In-Focus: Learning in the Mobile Enterprise (2014)

In-Focus: Learning in the Mobile Enterprise (2014)

Today’s successful workplaces are fast moving, global and digital. Learning innovation, done well, delivers results that can support sustainable, agile workplaces. Business and learning leaders alike need to expect more. Newly published Towards Maturity In-Focus...

What (we think) learners want!

Millenials: Babyboomers: GenerationX: Pragmatists Reflector:Theorist:Technophobic:Tech Savvy:the list goes on…… We know that our learners are different and all have varying learning needs, but do we really know what they want and need from our learning...

Top tips for encouraging social learning at work

Sitting down with Wallace and Gromit, the kids, and lots of Easter chocolate offers a great opportunity to put pen to paper for the Towards Maturity newsletter. Though nowadays it’s rarely pen to paper – more like fingers to keypad, which is just another example...

Cambian Achieves excellence with e-learning

Practical lessons from award winning Cambian Group to deliver widespread adoption and excellent results. What happens when pressure within your sector, the high cost of face-to-face training and a lack of consistency in company training threatens to blunten your...

Mobile learning for the NHS- lessons for all

In the 2011 Towards Maturity Benchmark Study we are for the first time including an investigation on the challenges and benefits of mobile learning in supporting workplace performance.  We would love to know your views and invite you to participate! In the...

HOW TO safeguard online learners

If young people and vulnerable adults are using e-learning resources  in our workplace, how can we safeguard them against the risks of working online? Checklist for organisations engaging young adults in their workplace e-learning through apprenticeship schemes...

HOW TO – Help staff to get online

With over 9m people in the UK not online yet, does a lack of employee IT skills cause barriers for your L&D programmes? This HOW TO Guide will help you get your staff online. Related downloads How to help get your staff...

Taste of Medicine providing Healthcare career opportunities

Winner of the Gold Award in the ‘Excellence in the Production of Learning Content – Not for Profit Sector’, this case study provides insight into St George’s, University of London ‘Widening Participation’ (WP) strategy, engaging with individuals at all stages of...

Dignity: The Heart of the RCN with e-learning

In June 2008, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) launched their ‘Dignity: at the heart of everything we do’ campaign because in the nursing profession, ‘Dignity’ is at the heart of everything they do and is clearly a vital component of nursing care. Winner of...

Back to Basics

1/5th of the UK population has never been online – How does this impact your e-learning strategy and what can you do about it?  Internet adoption in increasing at a staggering pace and a national collective confidence is growing in the use of a...

Understanding Learners at Work

Do we really understand the learners in our organisation and how to reach them or do we just think we do?  Insights from 3000 learners! Over the years Towards Maturity have conducted research with 1200 companies and have found that organisations mature in...

Self managed learning – Engage or Die?

At Towards Maturity through the research we undertake and the work we do with many employers and training providers, we know that securing adoption and engagement are critical success factors in harnessing learning technologies for business benefit. In this paper...

10 years on…the e-learning debate continues

A bit of history  10 years ago, almost to the day, every staff member of the company I worked for was called to a special meeting to hear about a significant new event in the world of online learning.  Together with my colleagues around the globe, I was...

Implementing Social Learning

If you are wondering how to implement social learning in your organisation – how to get staff to share their experiences with their peers online – then it is well worth listening to the Learning Curve (BBC Radio 4 with Peter Day), which was broadcast on...

Making e-learning Work

High dropout rates can directly impact the effectiveness of elearning. This whitepaper, from e2Train addresses why learners fail to finish elearning courses and backs up our research findings over the years. The Towards Maturity model for e-learning effectiveness...

Comparing attitudes of staff and training professionals

This great research from Cegos highlights the gap between what employees across Europe want from learning and what HR are delivering. In March 09, Cegos commissioned an independent study among 2355 employees and 485 HR and training directors from companies employing...

BT Dares to Share

One of the first organisations to benchmark with Towards Maturity, BT have always been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to learning technologies. Online learning has been part of its DNA for many years – Route2Learn, their enterprise wide...

Essential Learning – the employee perspective

In October this year, SkillSoft published their  first global benchmark study– in which they compared and contrasted employee attitudes towards learning and development across the US, the UK and Europe. The survey gathered views from employees from the private sector...

Fully accessible e-learning at BT

After assessing line-of-business requirements and capabilities, L&D at BT decided to implement a collaborative system for authoring, managing and deploying learning content. Now, nearly a year after its initial implementation, BT’s collaborative authoring system...

Royal Navy revolutionises Engineering Training

The Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering introduced Buzzing Hub; e-learning for Modern Apprentices in Engineering. The RN train Marine Engineers as Modern Apprentices on entry leading through to Foundation Degrees as their skills and experience develop. The...

BILD Conference – Engagement in Learning

 “Engagement in Learning”  Insights & Lessons from the BILD Annual Conference With the theme of ‘Engagement in Learning’, which strikes a particular chord with Towards Maturity, BILD (The British Institute for Learning & Development) held their...

Meeting the needs of 21st Century Employers

‘How has the world of a child changed in the last 150 years?” And the answer is, “It’s hard to imagine any way in which it hasn’t changed. But if you look at school today versus 100 years ago, it is more similar than dissimilar.”...

Distance learning for Strategic HR

Distance learning has consistently increased in importance for corporations over the last few years. After “the fad effect”, the time has come for more mature and better thought-out applications, based on the first successful experiments. Today, very few people...

Making your e-learning garden grow

One of the most significant challenges to implementing learning technologies in the workplace engaging busy learners and managers.  Recently,  PersonnelToday.com, reported on the positive response from staff when Superquinn, the Irish...

Building effective learning communities

The e-learning network event on ‘Building learning Communities’ on the 18th of April provided a fascinating insight into the practicalities of using technology to bring communities of adults together to learn.  The day provided useful advice for all types ...

e-induction @ Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

There are numerous examples of how e-learning is being applied to learning & development across all private & public sectors, often from those who’ve learnt over time how to apply technology to deliver real business benefits, but what of those who have no...

NHS – Expanding training for Radiologists

This is an award winning e-learning solution delivering significant benefit to learners and employers alike. The Royal College of Radiologists and E-learning for Health used a team of 350 Subject experts from around the UK teamed with 15 Designers to create ~600 hours...

Uniaid presentation from Alistair Lomax CEO(Video)

FLV File   Engaging learners is one of the toughest challenges but Uniaid and their learning partner Epic managed to attract over 2.3 million students. Uniaid is a student charity helping students manage their finance through a range of online games and tools. In...

Uniaid presentation from Alistair Lomax CEO(Audio)

  Engaging learners is one of the toughest challenges but Uniaid and their learning partner Epic managed to attract over 2.3 million students. Uniaid is a student charity helping students manage their finance through a range of online games and tools. In this...

e-Learning for Healthcare Podcast Part 1(Audio)

  Julia Moore, the National Director of e-Learning for Healthcare in the NHS, gives a fascinating insight into the use of e-learning in training Radiologists.  This implementation won the e-learning content award in November 2007.  What have people said about...

Uniaid engages 2.3 million learners

Uniaid together with Epic were given a special mention for achieving widespread adoption of learning in this year’s e-learning awards. This case study shows how Uniaid worked with stakeholders to address  financial issues that deterred students from...

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

In the 2007 e-learning Awards, Kirklees Metropolitan Council walked away with the award for the best example of supporting learners online. The council had to roll out a new system to over 8000 users who all needed to get to grips with the system from day 1. The team...

Launch of Next Generation Learning Campaign

Becta is leading the drive to improve the use of technology in education via the Next Generation Learning campaign, which is supported by Johnny Ball. FE Minister Bill Rammell MP outlined the evidence of benefits of learning technologies at the...

What to look out for in 2008

This year’s edition of Online educa Berlin , the 13th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training, once more broke records in all areas: 2126 experts from 95 countries gathered at the Hotel InterContinental in Berlin from...

Supporting time starved learners at work

  Laura Overton and Howard Hills speak about the stories and perspectives gathered over the last year from the Towards e-Learning Maturity project. They consider the challenges articulated by employers during a series of recent podcast and draw out lessons useful...

Doctors.net use e-learning to prevent future crisis

A great example of takeup of e-learning amongst GP’s This article was originally created by the Work based e-learning project at e-skills UK and is reproduced with kind permission. Related downloads e-learning award doctorsnet case...

The Dental Chanel increases e-learning Takeup

Award winning example of how clever marketing techniques helped to engage dentists with e-learning across the UK. This article was originally created by the Work based e-learning project at e-skills UK and is reproduced with kind permission. Related downloads Dental...

CareUK: Winning a return in the care industry

CareUK deliver care to people who need it in their own homes. They deliver home-based e-learning to their employees who need it. This is an outstanding example of Return on Investment. The E-learning underpinned a company expansion in a changing regulatory environment...

Supporting small business skills needs

An  argument that I hear very often is that we cannot transfer lessons from implementing e-learning in large businesses ato small businesses. At one level, I absolutely agree with this. Techniques and language that large businesses use to engage their learners...

making e-learning work

This article appeared in Learning Technologies Magasine in October and is very useful for any organisation looking to improve adoption of their technology assisted learning.  He looks at some of the advantages of e-learning but also why e-learning can...

e-learning at Sadeh Lok

This video clip, posted on You Tube shows how Sadeh Lok , a housing association in Huddersfield has started to embrace e-learning to address business skills issues. The video provides useful food for thought  for any learning provider looking to engage...

Reuters (Video Short summary)

FLV file   Charles Jennings took part in a recent interview with the Towards Maturity project team to look discuss how technology is being used to support the needs of the knowledge worker in the 21st century. He discusses : Skills challenges at Reuters The...

Reuters Interview Part 1

  Charles Jennings took part in a recent interview with the Towards Maturity project team to look discuss how technology is being used to support the needs of the knowledge worker in the 21st century. He discusses : Skills challenges at Reuters The specific needs...

Reuters Interview Part 2

  Charles Jennings took part in a recent interview with the Towards Maturity project team to look discuss how technology is being used to support the needs of the knowledge worker in the 21st century. He discusses : Skills challenges at Reuters The specific needs...

Scottish Prison Service

The Scottish Prison Service needed human rights issues to be dealt with more effectively within prisons in general and by front line prison staff in particular, and for staff to deal with human rights with more confidence. They also wanted to improve prisoner’s...

Lessons from Education

Organisations in the education sector appear to be less successful at a number of measures associated with e-learning than those in other sectors.  The Towards Maturity study reports a 10% less positive measure for business impact availability and uptake for the...

Connecting for Health – e-learning at the NHS Part 1

  Dr Phillip Candy,  Director of Education, Training and Development, NHS Connecting for Health took part in a recent interview with the Towards Maturity project team to discuss how technology is being harnessed to support the skills of a million staff. He...

Connecting for Health – e-learning at the NHS Part 2

  Dr Phillip Candy,  Director of Education, Training and Development, NHS Connecting for Health took part in a recent interview with the Towards Maturity project team to look discuss how technology is being harnessed to support the skills of a million staff. He...

e-learning at Lloyds TSB

  LLoyds TSB have been using e-learning in the workplace for many years, they are now mature users of e-learning where it is accepted as ‘the way we do things around here’. In this interview , Gary Bellamy , Senior Manager, Learning Technologies,...

Polestar’s Print Dynamics Programme

  This is the first in a series of podcasts with organisations to highlight how they have been using e-learning creatively to address business needs. Here , Darrin Stevens, Group Training Director of Polestar ( one of the largest printing firms in the UK)...

Informal learning at Student Loans Company

Download this case study to see how the Student Loans company have supported learners and managers with new ways of learning. See how this innovative use of e-learning has delivered the following benefits: Reduced help desk enquiries Motivated staff engaged line...

Learners of the Future

How do young people respond to e-learning?  The Association of Learning Providers conducted a national survey into access, use and the impact of technology and elearning within government funded Work Based Learning programmes.  Some...

UKI Partnerships introduce eNVQs for contact centre staff

  UKI Partnerships, part of RBS Insurance is an extraordinary business.From its inception in 2000, it has grown rapidly to become one of the country’s leading general insurance and motoring assistance partnership providers, serving millions of customers in...

Free guide to learner support

This good practice guide on learner support is  produced by Kineo in collaboration with Ufi. It’s for: People in the learning and training community who are interested in learner support models for blended and e-learning programmes. It’s by: Ufi/learndirect...

Additional evidence for learner preferences in the workplace

A new benchmark study into current and future trends in organisational learning has revealed that self-directed learning is the route preferred by the majority of employees and that the role of managers in facilitating this is critical to success. The study, by online...

Crown Prosecution Service

Over the past 2 years, the Crown Prosecution Service has embarked on a rigorous and radical course of modernisation to unlock its employees’ potential and transform both the reality and perception of the CPS by moving away from traditional classroom teaching towards a...

BT – mobile learning for field engineers

This case study looks at how BT addressed the challenges of providing and monitoring learning for 30,000 field engineers. It looks at the challenges that were addressed in meeting the needs of a dispersed audience and outlines the practicalities of using the mobile...

Towards Maturity: 2007 Annual Benchmark Report

  Three out of four employers who use e-learning for staff training plan to significantly increase their use of informal networks over the next three years, according to e-skills UK research into e-based learning published today.  The research was undertaken on...

The Priory Group

The Priory Group and their partner Information Transfer were the winners of the ‘Widening participation in e-learning’ e-learning award (Nov 2006) and the winners of ‘elearning project of the Year’ from the Institute of IT training (Feb...

University on the Shop Floor

In common with many manufacturing sectors, the ceramic industry is undergoing significant restructuring to adapt to the challenges of modern global competition. This case study shows how a group of companies in the West Midlands have responded by focussing on the...

Polymers Pilot Project

This genuinely pioneering development, developed over a number of years, exploring the use of online learning in a factory-floor environment combined with online aseessment leading to recognised qualifications, makes for an insightful case study. This case study...

Whitbread EL-Box Boxing Clever

Following the introduction of the National Certificate for Licences, this innovative programme, using the el-box tablet PC developed by Creative Learning Media for Brewers Fayre pubs in the Whitbread Group, reflects a high level of audience sensitivity with 86% out of...

RBS:impact of new technologies on staff learning

RBS: Impact of new technologies on staff training, learning and development – Interview with Jim McLaughlin This interview investigates how Jim McLaughlin (Head of Learning for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group) is using technologies and how they are impacting...

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