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Information Transfer and KPMG shortlisted for E-learning Award

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Training and communication consultancy Information Transfer LLP and leading accountancy firm KPMG LLP have been shortlisted for the E-learning Award in the category 'The best use of rapid e-learning content'.

The joint application relates to the Audit Professional and Technical Update, a quarterly programme of e-learning modules for KPMG audit professionals, designed to keep them up to date with changes in auditing standards, regulations and procedures.

KPMG employs around 3,000 audit staff at 22 locations in the UK and maintains a leading position in this highly competitive industry by providing staff with excellent training. Timeliness is critical since KPMG auditors must be familiar with new standards as soon as these are introduced. In 2003 KPMG was considering delivering some of this training through e-learning, but needed to be persuaded that it could be provided rapidly and to the required high standard.

KPMG's Department of Professional Practice selected Information Transfer for its ability to produce interactive and effective e-learning on technical topics, and to provide reliable hosting with flexible reporting.

Each quarterly Update consists of a set of interactive and engaging e-learning modules, including an introductory video and a test module. Information Transfer develops the modules using its own Seminar authoring system which enables content to be rapidly created and edited rapidly.

Feedback from users has been overwhelmingly positive: "The APTU format is user-friendly, easy to access and follow. It means that I can complete my training on the move and therefore keep right up to date with important matters impacting on my audits." Audit Senior Manager, KPMG.

The overall success of the APTU can be attributed to teamwork, aligning the training to corporate needs, the application of cutting-edge technology to facilitate rapid production and, crucially, the determination never to sacrifice quality for speed.

The value of the training is recognised at the highest levels within KPMG and has contributed to industry recognition: "High quality training of our people is crucial to ensuring we continue to deliver outstanding client service. I view the quarterly technical update training as a significant component of our overall training proposition." Richard Bennison, Head of Audit, KPMG.

And the results speak for themselves: since 2003 there have been 20 editions of the APTU, providing over 90 modules and nearly 274,000 module completions, and more than 7,000 individuals have undertaken around 76,500 hours of training; furthermore, the APTU rapid e-learning costs only 30% of the face-to-face equivalent.

Information Transfer has also been shortlisted for another E-learning Award this year in the category "Meeting the needs of compliance for an external regulator" for their work with Hamptons International, and the company won E-learning Awards in 2006 and 2007 for their work with Priory Group and Superquinn.

Winners of this year's E-learning Awards will be announced on the 6th November.

For more information, please contact:
Cathy Curwood, Information Transfer - 01223 312227