Construction group Atkins is using e-learning to create bespoke health and safety, HR and systems courses and deliver generic training in desktop IT skills.
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Rather than using its existing learning management system, the world’s third largest consulting engineering and architectural company has decided to reduce its in-house support costs by having the courses, from SkillSoft, delivered via the supplier’s learning management platform SkillPort.
As well as hosting the generic e-learning content, SkillPort will run an online mentoring service, provide pre- and post-assessment and test preps, facilitate the in-house creation of Atkins-specific e-learning, and give access to content provided by external suppliers such as Blue Slate.
“We opted for SkillSoft because they demonstrated a clear understanding of our needs and took time to get to know our business,” said Barry Smith, service delivery manager at Atkins. “The pre-sales support we received was of a very high standard and gave us confidence in their ability to deliver.
“The SkillPort product meets all our requirements to deliver top-quality training, globally, at a time that fits into our employees’ workloads. Our staff can access the system from the office, on the road or even from home.
Approximately 160 SkillSoft courses have already been made available to 10,000 UK employees. Early encouraging feedback from users has prompted Atkins to look at adding generic business skills content and rolling the e-learning out to Hong Kong, the Middle East and the US.