first_imgKey players form strategic allianceOn 1 May 2004 in Personnel Today Investors in People (IIP) and government learning agency Ufi haveestablished a three-year agreement which aims to realise both organisations’aims of increasing productivity of the UK economy by developing the skills ofthe workforce. Ufi is the organisation responsible for Learndirect, now the biggestgovernment-backed e-learning development in the world with more than 2,000centres across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A practical framework for joint working in key areas is being mapped out andthe agreement will formalise a number of shared principles. “Working in partnership with Investors in People UK gives Ufiopportunities to share resources in key areas like research,” said Ufichief executive Ann Limb. “It will also give us increased access toemployers allowing us to further develop good practice and reach even morelearners.” Joint promotional initiatives are likely to include raising awareness duringAdult Learners’ Week and research projects into business improvement and therole of e-learning. The alliance will also be focusing on two key areas identified by theGovernment: increasing take-up of Skills for Life courses covering literacy,numeracy and IT, and building relationships with small- and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs). “Ufi has a strong track record in helping improve people’semployability and organisations’ productivity, particularly with SMEs and newand excluded learners,” said Limb. “With more than 1.2 million peoplein the UK having taken a Learndirect course, it is clear that supportede-learning is now an extremely effective tool in addressing the UK skillsdeficit.” Investors in People UK chairwoman Ruth Spellman said the agreement markedthe start of a new direction for its Investors in People (IIP) standard, whichaims to provides a framework for improving performance and competitivenessthrough good practice in people development. “We hope the relationship will further promote the take-up of the IIPstandard, increase productivity and improve the bottom line for UKbusinesses,” she said. www.learndirect.co.uk  www.iipuk.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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