The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG)'s ‘Learning Resources Directory’ (LRD) is a portal to learning materials that are not presented formally, via a classroom or even an e-learning course. It is both a directory of learning resources and a library containing information, checklists and other tools that show learners how to do what they need to do in their jobs.
The LRD makes use of Trainer1’s revolutionary knowledge management tool, Argonaut, which – among other things - registers the use of each of the materials in the LRD.
“Thanks to Argonaut™, everyone who accesses the LRD is certain to receive the latest, approved version of the materials s/he requires,” explained Trainer1’s Neil Lasher.
“It is vital that, as new versions of policies, procedures and protocols automatically supersede old ones, everyone who accesses these, accesses the most up-to-date, ‘approved’ version. Argonaut™, Trainer1’s ‘.NET’ technology knowledge management tool ensures that this is so – thus bringing peace of mind to trainers, senior managers and, of course, learners.
“Moreover, it helps to increase worker efficiency and productivity, thus providing better value for the taxpayer.”
About the DCLG
The DCLG – whose Secretary of State is the Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP - aims to build the capacity of communities to shape and protect their own future. It wants to see:
• empowered and confident communities, with higher levels of democratic participation and citizen engagement
• working together to offer more choice and quality in public services
• building cohesion and tackling extremism
• addressing the issues of climate change and anti-social behaviour
• backed by strong and responsive local government drawing in all local partners to shape and deliver the communities’ vision for the future
Its policies seek therefore to ensure that it:
• offers a coherent set of opportunities for local and regional partners to promote innovation, spread best practice, build capacity and skills, and tackle poor performance
• secures better value for money through smarter investment, the simplification of delivery chains and high-quality partnering
• maintains its focus as a strategic organisation, concentrating resources at the front line
Trainer1 is one of the UK’s leading independent e-learning specialists, creating sophisticated courseware for learning. It works in a number of areas including:
• Creating custom-built e-learning solutions
• Supplying e-learning training and consultancy to make clients self-sufficient in servicing their e-learning needs – especially in terms of embedded and workflow learning
• Operating as a ‘tools warehouse’ for tools used by Trainer1’s clients
Trainer1 has lengthy experience in computer delivered learning. In particular, Trainer1 develops, supplies and supports:
• Authoring tools - for the creation of content, meeting all common standards
• Learning and Knowledge Management tools - for the management and distribution of content, including accreditation and reporting of data within existing databases
• Delivery systems for workflow learning - CSL™
• Tools and libraries to create multimedia content, including image editors, easy to use Flash production tools, libraries of sound, graphics and animation
• Specialised training events to assist trainers and instructional designers to become self sufficient in e-learning design and production
• Development services in the creation and maintenance of learning content
Trainer1’s client list includes international major corporations such as ABN AMRO, Kraft Foods, Deutsche Post (DHL) and Mitsubishi Corporation, along with clients including DCLG (formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) in the UK, the Department for International Development, and the UK’s Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, along with many municipal authorities.
Trainer1 is privately owned and remains a small, friendly company providing high quality product combined with personal service to Blue Chip Companies, as well as small and medium sized enterprises. Trainer1 is a member of many e-learning organisations, and Neil Lasher, of Trainer1 is a committee member of the eLN and President (from 2006) of the Global Network of ASTD UK. He also works with standards bodies to ensure technology is meeting the needs of users worldwide, as well as the guidelines determined by the governing groups in the e-learning industry.
Further information from:
Neil Lasher, Trainer1, +44 (0) 20 7624 4844