Cornerstone celebrate success of blended approach to learning and development
Cornerstone has invested in developing a portfolio of in-house e-learning programmes designed to offer an alternative to classroom based courses and to provide flexible learning for staff. With a significant amount of their core training courses now available online they have reached their strategic target of a 70% e-learning utilisation rate amongst the workforce. Having overcome the challenges of computer access in selected services and IT training for staff, the organisation can promote a successful blended approach to learning and development.
The Learning and Development team successfully combine e-learning with classroom training, gaining qualifications, training activities tailored to specific services, encouraging self-study opportunities and utilising free resources. Always looking to innovate, future plans include developing their existing e-learning courses into apps to promote mobile learning.
One of the charities top priorities has been developing Self-Directed Support and Outcomes Framework e-learning courses to prepare staff for the changes facing the social care sector. They have 50% of staff who have successfully completed this training and are on target to achieve the 100% completion rate by early 2014.
As an SQA Approved Centre and a Modern Apprentice training provider, their e-learning and classroom courses are linked to the SVQ standards for Health and Social Care, so that staff can complete activities that will contribute towards approved prior learning in their portfolios. The courses also include further learning and continuous professional development opportunities for staff that are already registered with SSSC. The post registration and training form is also embedded within each course as an available download.
Cornerstone has facilitated many successful training programmes with the most recent being a 5 week “Getting into Social Care” programme in partnership with the Princes Trust, North East Enterprise and the Wood Family Trust. A group of 9 unemployed 17-25 year olds undertook a five-week in-house course that included an introduction into all aspects of social care, with accredited learning and work placements at several of Cornerstone’s services. This proved to be a very rewarding programme as 7 were offered and accepted jobs within Cornerstone. One of the participants said, “this has been the best experience of my life”.
With over 30 year’s experience of providing care and support, Cornerstone has developed an e-learning portfolio of courses specially designed for organisations and companies in the care and housing sectors. The charity is already working with a number of partner organisations to deliver easy to access, flexible, and engaging e-learning training for their employees.
If you would like more information on the e-learning courses available please visit http://www.cornerstone.org.uk/content.php?id=cornerstone-e-learning or contact Fiona Marshall on 0141 5507580 or email Fiona.Marshall@cornerstone.org.uk