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BMW makes major savings with e-learning

Antony Adshead
BMW GB has put in place a learning management system which, it claimed, would allow it to increase staff by 25%-30% without increasing its training headcount.

The system, from Pathlore, will allow BMW to deliver learning materials online and track the progress of 14,000-plus employees of BMW's head office and dealer network.

The £200,000 investment has allowed BMW to carry out e-learning bookings and register results online. Around 70% of course bookings - about 6,000 a month - are now carried out online.

Christine Anderson, BMW GB systems operations manager said, "Dealers can check course availability; confirm course bookings, and register new staff on learning programmes in real time. All of this greatly increases the administrative efficiency of the system."

The system can launch e-learning materials to anyone who is registered on the system and track each learner's progress, update their training records and deliver online tests to assess their strengths and weaknesses.

Anderson said this would give BMW GB an indication of the levels of skills and competencies at all levels throughout the organisation so they can target training development budgets more efficiently and effectively by targeting known gaps in skills.


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