Glass manufacturer Pilkington has signed a deal with online learning firm SkillSoft to provide training for 500 IT staff worldwide.
The deal is part of a wider three-year contract worth nearly £380,000 to supply business, management, health and safety and IT training across its 24,000-strong workforce.
Pilkington IT staff will be given access to 1,500 courses that form part of SkillSoft’s Skillchoice IT training package, covering software development, operating systems, servers, networks, enterprise data systems, web design, project effectiveness, SAP, Cnet and MCSE.
Joanne Buckley, service improvement manager for Pilkington’s IS group, said IT staff skills would be mapped to a company-wide competency framework and the training package would be used to achieve a balance of skills in each country.
Pilkington’s imminent takeover by Nippon Sheet Glass would bring with it the need for new skills and training, she added.
Pilkington has also bought SkillSoft’s Course Customisation Toolkit and Dialogue tools. “These will provide us with the facility to create and deploy our own in-house content in multiple languages via a virtual classroom environment,” said Roy Prescott, Pilkington’s group learning and development manager.