This challenge has been answered by Learning Pool, the e-learning specialist for the public sector, who, in partnership with Epic, has developed a new e-learning service designed specifically for elected Members.
Called Modern Councillor, this new e-learning service is available now online and provides high quality, flexible e-learning that’s directly relevant for today’s new and existing elected Members. Since its launch in May 2007 over 64% of all local authorities in England have signed up, giving over 12,500 councillors access to bite sized e-learning that’s just for them.
Mary McKenna, Learning Pool’s MD says “e-learning is adaptable and affordable which is particularly important, as local authorities have to work to tight budgets. We’re delighted that over 12,500 councillors can now use e-learning as a result of their local authorities signing up. We’re also really pleased to be working again with Epic who have helped us make this service an enormous success already, just 10 weeks after its launch.”
Designed to be easy to use, Modern Councillor’s courses are short and engaging, typically lasting 30 minutes and consisting of a few modules. The content is structured in this way to allow Councillors to dip in and out of a course as their schedules allow.
The courses have been produced in conjunction with Epic and cover topics such as Community Leadership, Working with the Media, Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Using Mobile Technology and Licensing and regulation, among others. Released monthly, the 20 courses will remain permanently available so that Members can revisit the material as often as they wish.
Tracy Capaldi-Drewett, Epic’s Commercial MD, said “We were delighted to have been selected by Learning Pool for this project as we recognise how important the role of the elected Member in today’s environment is and the initial and ongoing support that is being delivered by Learning Pool."
As e-learning rapidly moves into the mainstream so the age profile of some newly elected Members has lowered. These younger, more technology savvy Councillors bring a readiness and demand for more flexible learning resources with them. At the same time, more experienced Councillors are also looking to new technology to help them manage their many responsibilities.
About Learning Pool
Learning Pool Limited is based in London and Derry, Northern Ireland. The company, which employs 12 people, provides a unique subscription service to local authorities which gives them the ability to access, create and share e-learning resources that are designed specifically for local government. Learning Pool took over the public sector e-learning community in 2006 from the IDeA (Improvement and Development Agency), which had managed the courses since its inception in 2002.
All Learning Pool’s e-learning courses are SCORM (Version 1.2) compliant to facilitate the use of a Learning Management System.
Princess Francis, one of Learning Pool’s consultants, won an award from e-Learning Age magazine in 2006, when working for the London Borough of Brent. This accolade was given for her delivery of a low-cost e-learning programme.
About e-learning in the public sector
Over 280 local authorities in England and Wales now use Learning Pool as part of their training schedules for council officers and members. The traditional Learning Pool service for council officers allows local authorities to access, create and share e-learning resources through a community of interest made up of HR and L&D professionals throughout the country.
Authorities continue to use e-learning to realise targets set by the efficiency and transformational agendas. London Borough of Brent estimate that they will save £116K by delivering health and safety training through e-learning while councils such as Haringey, Rotherham and Norfolk are using e-learning as part of a blended approach to helping their staff develop.
For further information, please contact:
Paul McElvaney, director, Learning Pool
M: +44(0)79 7749 2405 / F: +44(0)28 7129 5900
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The company has won numerous awards over its two decades of existence, and is highly respected for its work in fostering understanding of this emerging area of practice. A wealth of free resources is available on its website, including the new Epic Blog.