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Industry wide successes applauded at Learning Pool Live awards

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Now in their sixth year, the Learning Pool awards recognise those members of their 13,000 strong community who have made impressive achievements across the spectrum of learning. Mary McKenna and Paul McElvaney presented the winners with bespoke Derry crystal pieces at the Learning Pool Live events held recently in Sheffield, Cardiff and London.

Paul McElvaney  Mary McKenna with the award winning Jurys Inn team
Paul McElvaney Mary McKenna with the award winning Jurys Inn team 

Against stiff competition from across the country, the Northern Ireland Hospice came top of the online vote for ‘Best Use of Learning Pool Tools’. The National Audit Office’s Sonja Walde collected the award for ‘Best Small Organisation’ based on how they have managed to get over 70% of their workforce through their very first e-learning module.

The ‘Most Aspiring E-learning Trainee’ award celebrates a graduate, apprentice or trainee who has made an impressive impact in the e-learning environment of their organisation. Northumberland County Council’s Nathan Fuller came out on top with commendations awarded to Bath & NE Somerset’s Jonathan Carter and First Choice Homes Oldham’s Rebecca Braid.

The Regional Learning Ambassador status is awarded to members who spread the good word about the Learning Pool community and are not shy on sharing their ideas with their peers. With a learner-centred approach in everything that he does, Northumberland County Council’s Paul Brooks scooped the Ambassador award for the North.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Nerys Jones collected her Ambassador award for Wales as testament to her willingness to share her ideas across our community. Genesis Housing’s Dan Hardaker and Jurys Inn’s Edward Gallier stepped on to the stage of London’s Camden Centre to each receive Ambassador status.

As the Grand Supreme of the awards, Regional Organisation of the Year pays tribute to organisations who epitomise the very best of Learning Pool’s online learning community.

Framework Housing scooped the North award, Cornwall Council the Wales & SW award and Jurys Inn the award for the South. Cornwall Council’s team have removed the need for 636 face to face workshops by using e-learning and have saved over £228k in 12 months. The expertise that Jurys Inn has shared into the Learning Pool includes overall learner adoption techniques and how they reduced their attrition rate by 38%.