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Training success stories sought


I'm carrying out some research for TrainingZone and I’m looking for good examples of innovative approaches to efficiency savings/restricted budgets for training & L&D. For example, do you know of any organisations which have come together to negotiate a discount, or shared training in some way? This could be in either the public/private or voluntary sector.

I’m also looking for examples of where performance/production/profitability has increased due to training/L&D - ie training has had a noticeable effect on the business 'bottom line'.
Any help greatly appreciated. 
If the information is sensitive to your business, and you would rather chat off-line, then please send your details in a direct message to me through your TrainingZone account.
Best wishes for 2010!

5 Responses

  1. Cost effective eLearning for Charities and Voluntary Sector Orga

    I read with interest your request for cost-saving recommendations relating to training.

    I work for the Charity Learning Consortium – an organisation set up to share cost and best practice surrounding eLearning within the Charity and Voluntary Sector.

    We supply approx 70 Member Organisations with eLearning courseware covering areas such as IT Skills, Personal Development, Soft Skills, and Leadership and Management Development, all of which are delivered through our hosted Learning Management System.

    The Consortium is an excellent way for Charities of all sizes to access cost effective eLearning and Networking Opportunities in this togh economic climate.

    Should you wish to learn more please take a look at our website – or contact me to discuss this further.

    Many thanks.

    Kind regards,


    Wendy Stanley
    Head of Client Services
    Charity Learning Consortium
    08451 707 700
    [email protected]

  2. Your post


    I am a founder member of the Customer Servce Training Association which is a ‘mutual self help’ membership of like minded training colleagues.


    I would be more than happy to discuss how we get together and collaborate. In the meantime please find below a link to the CSTA website






  3. Provide what people most value in order to develop

    Hi Susie, in a previous role as a training manager I was informed one particular year that the budget for development of my training team was zero. I held a team meeting and asked the team to think of ways they could achieve valuable personal development at zero cost to the company.  

    One person wanted  to support a women’s refuge by providing them with training consultancy and delivery. She said that six days would enable her to do this as she would donate six days of her own to spend one day per month with the organisation. She described how her work would be invaluable to the group and enable her to develop her consultancy and design skills.

    I really liked this idea and agreed on the basis that she managed it so that it did not affect her performance. I then offered the rest of the team the same deal if they could find an organisation that would enable them to develop some skills. There was no really defined scheme, the only restrictions we agreed were that the work would not be for monetary gain or with an organisation in competition with ours.  

    The team all went for this with some relish and I also took up the challenge working with the local prison developing some strategic planning training with the governors. 

    It was without doubt the most cost effective and motivating development I have ever managed or participated in.




  4. Thankyou all so much

    Thankyou to everyone who has contributed – both here and through direct messages to me. The information you have provided has been enormously helpful.

    Kind regards


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