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Information Transfer and Priory Group shortlisted for a prestigious eLearning Award

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Information Transfer and Priory Group have been shortlisted for a prestigious eLearning Award for their work on an extensive blended corporate learning programme.

The programme, Foundations for Growth, is an ongoing project supporting all of Priory's learning and development activity. This blended learning programme has, at its heart, 25 bespoke e-learning modules, which help meet the key learning objectives that support Priory's care services. The learning, delivered to over 5000 staff at 47 sites, is managed and tracked via bespoke learning management technology developed by Information Transfer. The e-learning also links to offline learning activities, which the learner completes locally, in addition to incorporating classroom training and other development activities.

Priory Group is Europe's leading provider of independent mental health care for acute, secure, rehabilitation and specialist educational services. Their key aim is to improve the consistency and quality of its services through investing in, and developing its people, and promoting innovation.

Priory depends on the skills of a huge diversity of staff, including clinicians, educators, carers, chefs, gardeners and housekeepers, which presents a daunting learning and development challenge. And in 2004, in the face of rapid growth and an increasingly competitive market, maintaining these standards presented significant challenges.

To meet these challenges, Priory Group recognised that their training delivery required radical reworking and centralisation. Alison Innes-Farquar, Priory's Director of Hospitality, Quality and Learning & Development was certain that if they could find the right e-learning solution to fit their complex and varied working environment, it would meet essential business needs for the organisation. Foundations for Growth has done just that. It has been hugely successful, in terms of ROI, user participation and impact on staff performance.

The Awards - presented in association with the eLearning Network and e.learning age magazine
Now in their second year, the objective of the awards is to recognise excellence in the industry - the programmes, projects and strategies which have enjoyed the greatest success during the past year.

The awards are chosen and judged independently by members of the eLearning Network, and they acknowledge that the winners have made an especially valuable contribution to their organisation or clients' fortunes and the e-learning industry in general. A distinction of the eLearning Awards is that they also recognise contributions through the eyes of learners themselves - the users - as well as the suppliers.

The judges will be looking for work which has left a legacy or benchmark for peers in the industry to aspire to. More importantly those that receive the awards will have excelled and will have been recognised to be doing so, by the e-learning industry itself.