Alliance Member, Just Learn, are collecting data to update their Challenges of Implementing eLearning survey.

Just Learn have run the Challenges survey a couple of times previously over the past decade, so it will be interesting to see how the issue we face have changed in that time (or perhaps they haven't changed that much).

It's a straightforward survey, so should only take you a couple of minutes to complete – There are two questions in the survey – what are the challenges you face in implementing eLearning and what are the main reasons for you using eLearning.

Fill in the survey.

West Lothian College, an award winning provider of further education since 2001 are hosting their own informative learning journey at their campus on Wednesday 28th January, 2015, 10am until 1.30pm.

The College became a member of Quality Scotland in 2010 and quickly began their very own journey to excellence.  In 2013, the college achieved Recognised for Excellence 3-star in Quality Scotland's Levels of Excellence Programme before raising the bar and achieving 4 -star in 2014 at the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence.

Committed to continuous improvement and development, the college have a strong culture of excellence that filters through the College between students and staff. 

The West Lothian College Learning Journey will describe their journey to 4-star focusing on how they implemented the EFQM Model and RADAR logic to initiate a number of new and innovative improvement projects and streamline services throughout the College as a whole.

Jenny Stalker, Quality Manager will talk about the ongoing improvement strategy of the College and provide more detail on how they became a leading College of Excellence in Scotland.

Booking details for this event is available at Quality Scotland.

The Public Service Reform agenda outlines the need for public, third sector and private organisations to work more effectively in partnership with communities and each other, to deliver better services for patients and the public.

There is also a clear objective of the change agenda to invest in community-based, person-centred and asset-based approaches which prevent ill-health and dependency on public services.

In order to seek views and opinions into cross-sector working, you are invited to complete the following questionnaire:

Working Across Sectors: Views, Experiences and Perceptions

It also aims to review practical examples and educational provision in the area.

Your input is very much appreciated, and completion of the survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

The information will be used to help review and plan cross-sector working.


Scotland has a great deal to be proud of in terms of its track record in the ICT and Digital Technology sector with strong growth, increased levels of exporting and a large share of the foreign investment being attracted to the UK.

However, this level of growth and the increasingly global outlook brings with it serious challenges in making sure that firms working in Scotland’s ICT and Digital Technology sector can support the pace of change and development and ensure that they can stay at the forefront of innovation.

Making sure that companies have access to a skills base that allows them to capitalise on the opportunities of today and tomorrow is of fundamental importance with Scottish companies not being immune to the pressures faced by competitors across the world.

Wide range of initiatives
It was against this background that SDS in partnership with our industry partners launched a Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s ICT and Digital Technology sector in March backed by £6.6million investment in the sector by the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership.

Based on extensive consultation with employers and industry partners along with research and labour market information, the themes of the Skills Investment Plan are: responding to the immediate need for skills; broadening the future talent pipeline; raising the profile of sector and its careers; and working together to make the education system more responsive to the needs of employers.

Career of choice
SDS is working across all of these themes to implement an action plan featuring a wide range of initiatives which will see SDS working alongside employers, academia and industry stakeholders.

The New Year will also see the launch of a marketing campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of the IT sector and promoting it as a career of choice, giving people a better understanding of the range of opportunities available.

In the first edition of our ICT and Digital Technology Update, you can read about some of the other recent developments and initiatives which SDS and its partners have worked on, and in the coming months we’ll offer further updates on the work being undertaken as it unfolds.

What’s next?
If you would like to know how your company can become involved in this work or would simply like to find out more please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Skills Development Scotland.

Aurion Learning will be exhibiting at the CIPD Scotland Annual Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow on 5 and 6 March 2015.

The CIPD event is the largest annual HR conference in Scotland.

During both days, Aurion Learning will be showcasing and demonstrating its award winning bespoke E-Learning content, mobile learning expertise, platform tools, capacity building and training consultancy solutions. The Aurion team will also be distributing complimentary guides and resources, including their popular, 10 E-Learning Resources and Tips at stand 13.

Gavin Woods, Business Development Manager at Aurion Learning said: “I’m looking forward to sharing best practice solutions and Scottish examples of our creative and innovative work with the conference delegates, which will ultimately help organisations transform their learning and development.”

To pre-book a demonstration with an Aurion Learning expert to discover how Aurion’s solutions can transform learning and development in your organisation email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information about CIPD Scotland, visit:

Quality Scotland have recently announced their Spring 2015 Webinar Programme. 

This is a benefit that is free to members of Quality Scotland, so please do try these out! 

The webinars include:

  • Using the Excellence Model in Practice
  • Planning a Self-Assessment
  • Managing Improvement Projects, and
  • Committed to Excellence


An outline of each of the webinars and how to register are available in the document.

An online learning academy run by Teignbridge District Council is going from strength to strength to offer more learning opportunities for public sector employees.

Teignbridge District Council's e-Academy has seen Exeter City Council joined its ranks, less than six months after welcoming Exmoor National Park Authority and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority onboard.

Teignbridge leads the e-Academy, an online learning programme of more than 200 courses, covering topics including business skills, customer skills, management skills and information management.

The courses give local authority staff the skills they need to provide even higher standards of customer service to residents while remaining cost-effective and efficient.

The e-Academy was launched by Teignbridge in October 2011 together with eLearning provider Learning Nexus. Since then Dartmoor National Park Authority, East Devon District Council, Mid Devon District Council, South Hams District Council, South Somerset District Council, Teign Housing and West Devon District Council have signed up and benefit from the courses on offer.

Cllr Mike Walters, Teignbridge District Council's Executive Spokesman for Corporate Services, said:

"We're delighted to welcome Exeter City Council on board. The e-Academy is a great success story because it gives staff the chance to develop their skills, provide even higher standards of customer service ultimately saving each organisation time and money.

“This collaborative training model means each public sector organisation can focus their efforts on equipping staff with the right skills to help give their customers or residents the things they want most in the best, most cost-effective way possible.”