On­line academy to help staff de­velop

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ET Business -

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

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