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Learning technologies must play crucial role to support business competitiveness

Brighton, UKLearning NewsBrightwave Group

Major L&D figures set out future in new Brightwave video series

A new series of videos featuring leading figures from the world of workplace learning has been launched today to share success stories and lessons learned. The videos also explore how learning technologies can support fast-changing business practices in the next decade.

Interviewees including Donald H Taylor, (Chair of the Learning and Skills Group and the Institute of IT Training) and Kenny Henderson (Head of Talent Development Operations, Sky) expound the impact learning technologies has had over the last ten years. They also consider changes that should have happened but have yet to materialise and - perhaps most importantly - look at how L&D can improve their chances of success.

To watch the first two videos featuring Donald H Taylor and Kenny Henderson click here.

Other interviewees in the series examine and analyse best practice through award-winning e-learning and the impact these projects have had upon the business. Industry experts include Laura Overton (Managing Director, Towards Maturity) and PricewaterhouseCooper LLP's Jon Walters (Director Responsible for Independence) and Nicki Knight (Compliance Training Manager) - with more to follow.

The videos are part of Brightwave's 'What a difference 10 years makes' campaign, marking the tenth anniversary of the workplace e-learning specialist that is committed to delivering a measurable business impact. The campaign's objectives are to celebrate success and existing best practice in learning technologies whilst exploring how learning professionals need to engage with the wider business - as well as innovate - to make the most of learning technologies in the next decade.

Other 'What a difference' events have included a keynote debate at this year's Learning Technologies Conference, industry surveys and other initiatives to encourage debate, improve quality and drive business impact.

Donald H Taylor: "In terms of learning at work, the big change we’ve seen over the past decade has been a move from the centre to the periphery. So it’s no longer the centre determining everything, pushing out courses, increasingly people themselves are choosing what to learn."

Kenny Henderson: "I think going into the next decade, learning and development departments should make sure that they are acting commercially, supporting the business objectives and adding value to the business. You need to understand the change you're trying to make. Without that you have no way of measuring success."

Brightwave Managing Director Charles Gould said of the video series:

"The 'What a difference' videos celebrate success and share some important lessons learned. For Brightwave, making a genuine difference, making a positive measurable impact is vital. Innovation must be accompanied by business improvement whether that's accelerating speed-to-competency, improving customer service or reducing compliance breaches. We're delighted to have such eminent participants on board to tell their stories and define what needs to be done in the next decade."

Visit to watch the videos - more will be released next month and throughout the remainder of 2011.