Online academy breaks down barriers in professional learning

13 June 2011

Online academy breaks down barriers in professional learning
 
News release: 09/06/11
Online academy breaks down barriers in professional learning
New training resource responds to changing business needs
A leading Scottish university has unveiled an innovative new learning platform that will enable professionals to enhance their skills and develop their careers at a time and a place that helps them best manage the range of demands upon them.
Developed by Glasgow Caledonian University, CPD Online is an accessible online academy which allows professionals to build on their Continuous Professional Development from anywhere in the world, 365 days a year. The 24/7 online learning academy offers video courses with downloadable supporting materials, and will also provide audio podcasts, allowing professionals to learn on the move. 
Ten initial courses are being offered in a range of subjects including health and safety, planning construction projects, NEC3 and RICS New Rules of Measurement, aimed at professionals across sectors including construction, law, engineering, education and the public sector. Additional courses will be added in July.
The online academy was developed as a response to the evolving needs of business, offering professionals practical, flexible, training courses without having to take time out of their careers.
Audrey Meikle, Business Development Manager for the School of the Built and Natural Environment, developed the concept for Glasgow Caledonian University. She said: “Employers looking to strengthen the skillsets of staff often can’t afford to lose the time and resources involved in sending staff on CPD courses. The online academy allows course delegates the flexibility to update their professional development in their preferred time, wherever their location.”
Recent research carried out by global recruitment specialist Manpower* highlighted that only six per cent of employers are currently working in partnerships with colleges and universities to create professional development courses. The UK is lagging behind with 12 per cent of employers providing additional development and learning internally compared with 21 per cent internationally.
The online courses will not replace traditional classroom learning and courses taught on campus, which will still be offered.
  
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a life-long learning initiative which provides the opportunity to enhance academic knowledge through part time, distance learning and short courses while remaining in employment. This can be achieved by obtaining and developing a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience, which are not normally acquired during initial training or routine work. 
Glasgow Caledonian University’s existing CPD courses attract a diverse range of sector professionals including NHS, insurers and risk assessors to construction managers, architects, design engineers and many others covering relevant safety issues, legislation and helping organisations to future-proof their workforce.
The courses are competitively priced and range from £25.00 +VAT for a briefing to £60.00 + VAT at present for a 2 hour CPD course. 
To find out more about the courses on offer, please visit the CPD Online website: www.cpdonline.org.uk
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Notes
*Statistics from survey published by Manpower on 19 May 2011 which researched nearly 40,000 employers over 39 countries in from January to April 2011.
One of the UK's most dynamic universities, Glasgow Caledonian offers a modern, cosmopolitan environment for learning, teaching and applied research.  The university’s mission is to provide a high quality, accessible, inclusive and flexible learning and teaching environment enhanced by curiosity driven research. It applies its knowledge and skills for the social and economic benefits of the communities it serves in Scotland and around the world. 

GCU has unveiled an innovative new learning platform that will enable professionals to enhance their skills and develop their careers at a time and a place that suits them.

Developed by Glasgow Caledonian University, CPD Online is an accessible online academy which allows professionals to build on their Continuous Professional Development from anywhere in the world, 365 days a year. The 24/7 online learning academy offers video courses with downloadable supporting materials, and will also provide audio podcasts, allowing professionals to learn on the move. 

Ten initial courses are being offered in a range of subjects including health and safety, planning construction projects, NEC3 and RICS New Rules of Measurement, aimed at professionals across sectors including construction, law, engineering, education and the public sector. Additional courses will be added in July.

The online academy was developed as a response to the evolving needs of business, offering professionals practical, flexible, training courses without having to take time out of their careers.

Audrey Meikle, Business Development Manager for the School of the Built and Natural Environment, developed the concept for Glasgow Caledonian University. She said: “Employers looking to strengthen the skillsets of staff often can’t afford to lose the time and resources involved in sending staff on CPD courses. The online academy allows course delegates the flexibility to update their professional development in their preferred time, wherever their location.”

The online courses will not replace traditional classroom learning and courses taught on campus, which will still be offered.
  
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a life-long learning initiative which provides the opportunity to enhance academic knowledge through part time, distance learning and short courses while remaining in employment. This can be achieved by obtaining and developing a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience, which are not normally acquired during initial training or routine work. 

Glasgow Caledonian University’s existing CPD courses attract a diverse range of sector professionals including NHS, insurers and risk assessors to construction managers, architects, design engineers and many others covering relevant safety issues, legislation and helping organisations to future-proof their workforce.
The courses are competitively priced and range from £25.00 +VAT for a briefing to £60.00 + VAT at present for a 2 hour CPD course. 

To find out more about the courses on offer, please visit the CPD Online website: www.cpdonline.org.uk.

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