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Coronavirus: the learning sector’s response, first reactions

LondonLearning News

First reactions: News from across the learning sector on the crisis engulfing every person and every business; interviews with learning leaders, including Ed Monk from the LPI and Andy Moss from City & Guilds; input from learning professionals, learning vendors and learning media.


Learning News has reached out across the learning sector to gather the immediate responses and reactions to the coronavirus pandemic. With one third of the world currently on lock-down an unimaginable human crisis is taking place. Every human is affected and connected by this, everywhere.

The learning sector is mobilsing to equip the world of work with the skills needed to first survive and then thrive.

Ed Monk, CEO, Learning and Performance Institute: “The world has changed and our educators are core to us getting through this. They are not a luxury, they are a necessity.”

Andy Moss, CEO, City & Guilds Corporate Learning: “We've all got a very important part to play right now; there has never been a greater need for support, for education, for training and development.”

The learning sector's first response has been to care for people, making sure employees and their families are safe and protected. Learning News has reached out to L&D professionals across the industry and the overwhelming initial reaction has been about putting people first as a priority. Many have spoken about a desire for the sector to cooperate, putting competiton aside and to work together for the common good.

Rob Clarke, Editor, Learning News: “There has been a human response from the learning sector putting people first, standing by their employees, expressing payments to the self-employed, extending credit terms to customers, providing resources free-of-charge, giving time to help businesses to survive, and to adapt to focus on the skills that are now needed, and especially to help traditional training providers and deparatments to move quickly to deliver online.”


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