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Sector skills council publishes e-learning research

Three out of four employers who use e-learning for staff training plan to significantly increase their use of informal networks over the next three years, according to new research from e-skills UK - the sector skills council for IT and telecoms.

The research into technology-based learning in the business environment was undertaken on behalf of the Skills for Business network of 25 sector skills councils.

e-skills UK says the research findings are intended to help employers, training providers and policy makers better understand the ways in which e-learning can support employer skills requirements.

The study found that e-learning is used to support training in a wide range of skills, including communications, leadership and management, foreign language training, IT (both for technology professionals and those who use IT in their day to day jobs), health and safety and a wide range of company specific programmes.

The study also identified critical success factors for the introduction and use of e-learning. These include:

  • A commitment to learning from senior management
  • The right IT infrastructure
  • Effective internal management and support
  • The sourcing of appropriate e-learning materials

Laura Overton, based at e-skills UK and e-learning champion for the Skills for Business Network, said: "In today's increasingly mobile and flexible business environment, e-learning supports tailored, 'just-in-time' learning that can be accessed quickly, widely and cost-effectively by staff regardless of where they are and their hours of work.

"The electronic delivery and support of formal training has been shown to make a significant contribution to staff productivity and motivation. Informal learning is being used by staff to share knowledge between widely dispersed teams in a way that is not easily captured through more traditional methods."

The research findings are published in a suite of four reports. 'Towards Maturity - summary' and 'Towards Maturity: insights for employers and training providers' are available now, while 'Towards Maturity: implications for policy-makers' and 'Towards Maturity: facts and figures' are expected in March 2007.

The reports and further information regarding the research findings and implications can be found at:

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