Pilkington signs deal for worldwide skills training

Pilkington has awarded a three-year, GBP 380,000 contract to online learning provider SkillSoft to supply training in management, business, health & safety, IT and desktop-skills to its 24,000-strong …

Pilkington has awarded a three-year, GBP 380,000 contract to online learning provider SkillSoft to supply training in management, business, health & safety, IT and desktop-skills to its 24,000-strong workforce. The decision will allow Pilkington to provide a cost-effective and consistent global approach to learning. To help achieve its learning and development objectives, Pilkington has purchased SkillSoft“s entire management, business and IT curricula together with selected health & safety courses. The content will be available in Spanish, Polish, Russian, French, German, Italian and Mandarin. The e-learning will be deployed via SkillSoft“s learning management system, SkillPort, and will be accessible to employees via the Internet. Roy Prescott, group learning and development manager for Pilkington said: “Having experienced some service and deployment issues with a previous e-learning provider we stipulated that SkillSoft must run a pilot for a six-month period prior to committing ourselves to signing a contract. The result was that we had over 500 new registered users and in excess of 700 completed programmes within that period”. “As a result of our experience with SkillSoft to date, we had no hesitation in signing the three-year deal. We are now in the process of rolling out technical courses to our global IT personnel and will also be offering a number of SkillSoft“s health & safety courses to all employees. SkillSoft“s Course Customisation Toolkit and Dialogue tools have also been acquired for future use. These will provide us with the facility to create and deploy our own in-house content in multiple languages via a robust virtual classroom environment”.