MPs and Lords get online training tool

Parliament has signed a deal with Learning Pool to provide members with online training for the workplace

Staff at the Houses of Parliament are soon to get new online training after a contract was signed with Learning Pool.

The company provides tools for employees to learn important processes and policies within the workplace, and this contract will see courses such as fire safety and disability awareness made available over a web portal.

The Learning Management System is fully hosted in the cloud and was developed using open source technology Totara LMS.

The company claims the online nature and the encouragement to share resources helps cut costs for the necessary training schemes, having a particularly good effect fur the budget-constrained public sector.

The deal was done using the G-Cloud store, a hub for cloud computing solutions for the public sector. The government has announced a "cloud first" policy, which aims to make cloud solutions the first choice for government IT purchases and has a goal of 50% of all IT spend going through the programme by 2015.

“We are thrilled with the award of this contract and our team is looking forward to becoming an external extension of UK Parliament’s own talented learning and development teams,” said Mary McKenna, co-founder of Learning Pool.  

The online lessons will launch in October, initially just for staff at the Houses of Parliament, but MPs and Lords will also be offered the solution later in the year.

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