Our very own Learning and Development Department has been recognised as one of the highest performing departments in the L&D sector at Charity Learning Consortium’s Conference happening in London yesterday (Thursday 22 June).

Hannah Hastilow (Learning & Development Manager) and Margarita Palmer-Stanelik, (Learning & Development Coordinator) were invited to deliver a 30-minute presentation on “Successful Blended Learning Solutions” where they presented the success of their ‘A To B’ Project Management Training programme implemented at the Union from January this year.

The mix of class-room based and e-learning solutions implemented to deliver this course was recognised as “innovative” and “creative” by the L&D professionals attending the Conference.

Laura Overton, CEO and Founder of Towards Maturity, a not for profit benchmark organisation that provides research and advice in using learning innovation, acknowledged our colleagues as “high performers” in the sector. Towards Maturity will make a case study of the ‘A To B’ programme to show how the Union benchmark has gone up following this initiative.

The feedback for the presentation has been outstanding with many attendees choosing it as “the most interesting part of the day”. Some feedback included:

“The blended learning case study was very useful, inspiring whilst remaining achievable”

“Interesting and inspirational, lots of really useful in today to pass on to staff within the organisation. I learnt lots”

“Inspiring, thought-provoking and gave some great learning to take away”

“Creating successful blended learning solutions – an excellent case study, very well explained. I feel like I can take it back to my organisation”

Margarita comments “It feels incredible to be recognised for doing what you think is just standard best practice, but it turns out you are actually up there with the best performing organisations.”

As a reward, the team has been gifted a £600 Premium Membership by Towards Maturity, giving them access to L&D reports, data, books and publications to keep leading the way in the L&D sector and bring the organisation a step forward in developing its staff.

Hannah and Margarita were also strongly encouraged to put forward a nomination for their successful programme by the Training Journal Awards, which recognises the best L&D initiatives in the country.

Hannah comments “The success of ‘A To B’ has been so incredible, we’re now even more excited to launch ‘A To Lead’ – our new leadership development programme for the Union Full Time Officers. We’re looking forward to continued success and recognition from our peers in L&D”.

Please join us in congratulating Hannah and Margarita for their outstanding contribution to the organisation and we look forward to seeing other innovative ideas from the team.

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