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Bluebird Care wins Skillsoft Inspire Award

- Best compliance initiative accolade for national care in the home provider -

Camberley, 31st July 2014: Skillsoft, the international learning solutions provider has today announced that Bluebird Care, one of the UK's leading national providers of care in the home has won the Skillsoft Inspire Award for Best Compliance Initiative.

Maintaining the highest standards of professional care through compliance and training is a critical part of Bluebird Care's business, and they won the award for their commitment and hard work implementing elearning compliance training throughout the business.

"We are delighted to have won this award" said Simon Dalziel, Chief Operating Officer at Bluebird Care. "We have worked hard and it is great to receive this recognition. Compliance is a critical part of our business and is at the heart of delivering the highest quality care and support to our customers."

Simon continues: "It has been great working with Skillsoft and they have given us all of the compliance support and training required to grow and maintain our strong reputation in the care market."

Bluebird Care is committed to providing excellent standards of training to all of its staff across almost 200 offices in the UK, and has already rolled out elearning from Skillsoft to almost a third of all offices, with thousands of engaged learners benefiting from the new training. The company's learning programme is tailor-made to the specific job roles across the organisation and fully encompasses the Bluebird Care ethos of quality and excellence. Training sessions and courses are written specifically to mirror policy, procedure and practice, above and beyond regulatory standards and requirements. The importance of best practice is instilled in each franchise from the outset, and then cascaded to all staff.

The business learning programme is a living document that remains focused on the core subjects, but varies and grows with the needs and requirements of the business.

Elearning has increased employee capabilities and has led to improved compliance levels across the Bluebird Care franchise network. It has earned Bluebird Care offices who have adopted this approach commendations from its regulating bodies. In addition they have seen a significant overall growth in compliance with a course completion rate of 72 per cent, which has in tandem enhanced their competitive edge.

Mike Newton, Skillsoft's UK Director of Compliance concluded: "We are delighted for Bluebird Care, they have committed to compliance elearning and the award is thoroughly deserved."

Mike continues: "Our learning solutions enable care clients to offer their staff access to compliance courses through tablet devices as well as PCs, which addresses the needs of often mobile work forces. As well as offering the most up to date and legally compliant materials, we are committed to increasing engagement elements for the benefit of both learners and our customers like Bluebird Care."

Skillsoft will soon be launching a new e-commerce platform which will enable smaller care businesses to purchase licences for all of our latest compliance elearning courses for their staff as and when needed.

About Skillsoft

Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of learning with a long history of innovation. Skillsoft provides cloud based learning solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses. Skillsoft's customer support teams draw on a wealth of in-house experience and a comprehensive learning e-library to develop off-the-shelf and custom learning programs tailored to cost-effectively meet customer needs. Skillsoft's courses, books and videos have been developed by industry leading learning experts to ensure that they maximize business skills, performance, and talent development.

Skillsoft currently serves over 6,000 customers and more than 19,000,000 learners around the world. Skillsoft is on the web at www.Skillsoft.com.

About Bluebird Care

Bluebird Care is one of the UK's leading national providers of care in the home, demonstrating the highest standards of quality, professionalism and expertise with every visit. With almost 200 offices across the UK, Bluebird Care provides 20,000 visits to customers every day, revolutionising the way high quality and bespoke care is delivered not only to older people, but also to those with specialist care needs, children and their families. Bluebird Care's emphasis on high quality and training means that all staff are given the support they need to provide the best quality care to our customers.