Knowledgepool previews UK’s first integrated online service for managing human capital development, at HRD 2005

KnowledgePool, the leading independent learning services company, will be previewing a new suite of software and supporting services which is designed to significantly improve the return on HRD investment, at HRD 2005. Called KnowledgePool High Performance, the suite integrates talent management, performance management, skills management, training management, purchase and administration for the first time. It enables organisations with large numbers of staff and diverse training needs to use technology to measure employee job knowledge, skills and competencies and then select and administer training and learning activities without the need to purchase, modify and integrate a learning management system (LMS), separate tools or services. The solution is an integration of market-proven, internet-based software systems with optional KnowledgePool specialist learning support services. It provides employee skills audits and skills gap analyses to create complete training and development plans for individuals. It also enables organisations to identify talent pools, track career aspirations, match capabilities to job requirements and conduct succession planning around key positions. Having established training and learning needs, the KnowledgePool Livebooker component then enables client training administrators, or employees, to search and book courses, (in-house, third party or online), with support for authorisation and notification processes electronically. This process can be completed via the portal or with help-desk support from an experienced team of KnowledgePool training advisers. KnowledgePool Livebooker sends delegates joining instructions, reminders and feedback requests by e-mail automatically and offers a wide range of editable reports on expenditure, attendance, quality and evaluation.

“KnowledgePool High Performance offers significant cost savings and efficiency gains as well as quality control and comprehensive management reports on issues such as training activity and training spend, without the need to purchase technology or tools,” said Rod Edwards. “We have over 40 years’ experience in the training industry and we manage many millions of pounds worth of training each year on behalf of our clients. As a result, we can not only integrate all aspects of learning but we can also deliver significant economies of scale through technology.” KnowledgePool is a technology and services provider with a supply-base of several hundred vetted training companies and is ‘vendor-neutral’. Users can search, preview and select from a wide range of courses based on topic, content, location, price and an ‘evaluation rating’ given by previous delegates and complete the booking online, saving time and reducing cost. KnowledgePool High Performance will be launched in June 2005. It will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis, with a guarantee to improve the return on HRD budgets and with no requirement for up-front software purchase.

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“With this one solution, HRD personnel will no longer have to deal separately with analysing training needs, managing talent and coordinating the necessary training and they will be able to make considerable savings,” said Rod Edwards, Chief Executive of KnowledgePool. “This system can lead to more effective succession planning, enhanced staff retention and greater organisational effectiveness, because employees will have the right skills for their role.”