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Induction, but not as you know it!

London, UKLearning NewsCharity Learning Consortium

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a cost effective, off-the-peg eLearning induction programme that could easily be customised to become bespoke. Impossible? Can’t be done! Well think again, as the Charity Learning Consortium unveils its economical induction template.

The Charity Learning Consortium (CLC) is delighted to announce that its low cost induction template is now available to its charity members.

Members of the CLC said that an induction programme was at the top of their eLearning wish list, so the CLC rose to this seemingly impossible challenge: a cost effective induction template that can be customised by charities either in-house, or at little extra cost.

Martin Baker, MD and founder of the CLC, explained that either he couldn’t get eLearning suppliers interested in the concept, or the costs they quoted were just too great. So the CLC created the template itself, working closely with a renowned instructional designer and The Guinness Partnership on the pilot. The induction module was then unveiled to members, who offered invaluable feedback, which was fed into the final stages of completion.

“It’s thrilling to be able to offer our members an extremely economical induction template that they can then build upon. For very little cost, we’ve raised the bar way over and above what we thought was possible,” said Martin.

Tamzin Doggart, Organisational Development Advisor at The Guinness Partnership, commented: “We are really pleased with the finished product – much better than the course that it replaced. Staff and management feedback is overwhelmingly positive about the course.

“We have already used the template to produce a second course that focuses on Guinness South, one of the parts of The Guinness Partnership. In this, we used the feedback we got from Consortium members. For instance, we included much more of the ‘personal stories’ from customers and staff. We hope to use the template again for other parts of the Partnership.”

Members of the Charity Learning Consortium had been keen to access a customisable induction programme. A working group of CLC members drives the development of courseware, and other popular requests are now being looked at.

“This sort of collaborative working is at the heart of everything that we do,” said Martin. “I am a great advocate of collaboration - at the CLC it really is our strength.”

Charities who are interested in finding out more about the Charity Learning Consortium can sign up for free access to all of the CLC’s courses for Adult Learner’s Week, starting Monday 16 May, including Learning at Work Day, 19 May.