Online academy to help staff develop
A LOT of companies have cut back on training budgets, with learning and development not a high priority during the recession.
One Peterborough business bucking that trend is medical appliances company Coloplast, which has its main UK office on the Peterborough Business Park.
Coloplast has just relaunched its e-learning tool – the Coloplast Academy.
Earlier this year Coloplast was named as one of the Sunday Times top 100 companies to work for in the UK – the only Peterborough company to win the prestigious title.
As part of the award process, its staff were asked to give their views on key areas, including training and development.
Feedback showed that staff were appreciative of Coloplast’s existing online learning system, but felt it could be improved.
Sam Sedwill, head of resourcing and development at Coloplast, said: “After receiving feedback on Coloplast’s training and development strategy, we realised that the Coloplast Academy could deliver more.
“We pride ourselves on listening to our staff – the people for whom the academy was created – and taking their feedback seriously.
“We listened to their thoughts and, after a lot of hard work, we have relaunched the academy.”
The academy takes e-learning to the next level. As well as participatinginonlinelearning, staff can use the academy to find details of formal training courses and can apply through the academy.
There’s a library where staff can see what books are available to borrow from the company’s learning and development department.
There’s a Ten Top Tips section, where staff can read tips on managing and creating budgets, planning their appraisal and giving presentations – there’s even a section on having a difficult conversation with someone and how to make it easier for both parties.
Staff can use the academy to manage their personal development plan, from seeing what actions they need to take to planning what they would like to discuss at their next review.
There are self-discovery exercises, which enable staff to use their own results to learn alternative ways of dealing with everyday situations.
There are case studies and articles, and staff can read inspiring success stories to motivate them to get the most out of their work.
“We felt that for staff to get the most out of the academy it had to do more than just teach,” said Sam.
“We wanted staff to be involved in the site and to feel they could shape the future of the academy.
“Staff are invited to contribute in a variety of ways, from articles and case studies to book reviews and comments, and we welcome contributions from staff at every level, in every department.”
Coloplast has teamed up with Wellards – which provides elearning for the pharma and medtech industries – to enable staff to complete the NHS diploma.
The diploma ensures staff are up to date with the workings of the NHS, which is key to understanding the industry in which Coloplast works.
Staff can use the academy to complete online learning qualifications, including a range of professional management certificates which can be added together to give an online diploma.
Coloplast encourages staff to move within departments or cross-functionally, and the GROW YOUR SKILLS: The way forward at Coloplast. (METP-18-06-10AS0016) academy provides staff with all the information they need to manage their personal development. It allows staff to plan their career development within the company, with a section dedicated to helping staff identify possible career paths.
The company recognises that everyone learns differently – some like to work through information in a logical fashion, others prefer to explore different ways through the information.
The academy has been designed to facilitate different types of learners, and there is a tool that allows staff to identify their learning type so they can select the best options for
MAXIMISING USE: Rebecca Newton and Jon Carr use the Coloplast Academy website. (METP-18-06-10AS0010) Pictures: PAUL FRANKS