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Skillsoft Honors 2015 Inspire Award Winners

By Kevin Young

We recently celebrated our second annual Inspire Awards, and once again the shining stars of the HR, L&D and talent community did not disappoint. We were thrilled to receive so many entries from both SumTotal and Skillsoft customers and have the platform to share their stories with the 2015 EMEA Perspectives crowd in London.

There were five accolades up for grabs, and here’s a run-down of who walked away with the trophies:

  • Learning Team of the Year – CGI Group

It was a busy event for CGI. The team won Skillsoft’s Your Idea Here competition and presented a case study at Perspectives. Designed to recognise those teams that have achieved a positive change within their organisation using elearning as a performance development tool, CGI was noted by the judging panel for an approach that was “was comprehensive, strategic and encompassed structured methodology that was very outcome focused.”

  • Best Learning ProjectBAE Systems

Also nominated in the “Best Compliance Initiative” category, the judges described the BAE Systems entry as “an almost textbook design of a great blend that clearly hits the mark with learners”.

On collecting her gong, Cathy Fraser from BAE Systems said, “It’s about recognition for something that was exciting to do, and a challenging thing to do. The award will help elearning get recognised within the organisation as the way forward and everyone will benefit from it.”

  • Best New ImplementationJohnson Controls

This category is for organisations that have achieved considerable success within the first year of working with Skillsoft or SumTotal. This award recognised the project able to demonstrate organisational excellence and proven achievement, a strategic approach to growth, an innovative approach to future success and solid client testimonials.

Having collected the award, Carla Sousa from Johnson Controls said, “This demonstrates that the effort that the business, the leaders and the belief that they’ve put in each of us has paid off. It’s just fantastic news.”

  • Best Compliance Initiative RWE npower

One of the more popular uses of elearning is to ensure individuals have the training to help the organisation meet the demands of external regulators or to satisfy internal compliance policies. This award aims to recognise the way in which organisations have encouraged timely uptake of training to meet strict compliance or regulatory obligations.

As the judges commented, “The approach RWE has adopted is flexible and responsive. Workers can undertake their compliance training at a time convenient to them, at their own pace, with their own devices.”

  • Screen Stars AwardOrange Business Services

Having won Learning Team of the Year at last year’s Inspire Awards, this 2015 category win came as a pleasant surprise. The judges thought the Orange Business Services video told a brilliant story; the challenges were well defined and the benefits of the learning programme were clearly explained. It was inspiring to hear them talk about discovering the potential of every employee. Watch the video here.

Our thanks as always go out to our panel of independent judges that included Laura Overton (Managing Director of Towards Maturity), Charles Jennings (Managing Director of Duntroon Associates), David Wilson (Managing Director or Elearnity) and David MacLeod, OBE (Engaged for Success).

Of course, these awards aren’t just about internal and external recognition for hard work and effort by HR, L&D and talent teams. They’re also about showcasing best practice and great ideas. That’s important, because at the end of the day, we are our own community in a way. So learning and evolving in partnership with each other is critical to success.

So with that in mind, look out for details of the 2016 awards at, and maybe the success of our 2015 winners will inspire you to enter the awards next year?

Kevin Young is general manager, EMEA at Skillsoft. 

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