Brightwave and City of Edinburgh Council deliver more for less with e-learning

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E-learning project achieves £1m+ savings and wins 'Securing workforce for the future' award

As the Comprehensive Spending Review cuts begin to bite and the public sector braces itself one Scottish council has shown it is possible to do more with less and win awards in the process.

The City of Edinburgh Council Interactive Learning (CECil) project - providing a wide range of courses for the council's 18,000 employees - has so far achieved savings of £1.18m and transformed the delivery of workplace training in the municipality. To read the case study click here:

The CECil modules - in a diverse range of subjects including leadership, child protection, HR and energy awareness - have reduced training time and enabled council experts to carry out vital frontline work. Furthermore, using e-learning rather than a classroom-based solution has resulted in cost-per-user savings of 740% and enabled training at a volume that would be impossible given the logistics of face-to-face training.

CECil, and its component parts, has scooped a variety of accolades, including silver at last week's COSLA Excellence Awards in the 'Securing a workforce for the future' category.

Paul McGhee, Leadership and Development Manager for the City of Edinburgh Council said of the project: 'It has enabled high volume training delivery at lower cost and greater speed, facilitated a quicker response to educating policy and procedural change, and improved the quality and diversity of training and development options available.

'It has also freed up valuable time enabling the corporate learning team to move to a more consultancy led, bespoke service, adding increased value across the organisation.'

Charles Gould, Managing Director of e-learning specialist Brightwave, developers of the CECil platform, said: 'In these economically straitened times it is encouraging to see the transformational impact that well-devised e-learning programmes can achieve.

'Increasingly organisations in both the public and private sectors are beginning to recognise that e-learning can increase workforce performance across the board as well as offering significant cost savings.'

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Brightwave is the UK's leading provider of highly engaging work-based e-learning that delivers results and helps change behaviour. Brightwave works in partnership with complex global clients to help people learn, perform and transform. The company provides a complete e-learning service, from content development to innovative tools, hosting and management, performance support and evaluation. Its sister company, Brightwave Enterprises, was launched in November 2009 to focus on developing and supporting new ‘ready-to-use’ learning and performance services.

Clients include: BBC, Bupa, Pfizer, Sky, Royal Bank of Scotland, The Body Shop, Unilever and Vodafone as well as public sector organisations like the Care Quality Commission, City of Edinburgh Council and The Home Office.

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