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14 March 2017

Real rewards for virtual learning

Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) has been recognised for its commitment to learning.
NCHA has a longstanding commitment to ensuring that its staff have opportunities to learn and develop their skills, and this has been recognised by online training provider Virtual College. The company, which has worked with housing associations for ten years, presented NCHA with an award for ‘Best Practice in Learner Engagement’.

Fiona Sheen, Customer Account Manager at Virtual College, said:”NCHA really engage with their staff to encourage their use of online learning to support staff training and compliance across the organisation.”

Richard Burke, Assistant HR Manager – Training at NCHA, said: “It’s gratifying to see our staff recognised for the effort they have put in. We use online learning for all kinds of training, from food hygiene and money matters to conflict resolution and risk assessment. NCHA’s staff are spread out across the East Midlands, and often work in roles that mean it’s hard for them to attend a traditional 9-5 training course, so e-learning is a brilliant way to allow them to improve their skills at a time and place that suits them.”

NCHA has been offering online courses through Virtual College just under three years. In that time, almost a thousand members of staff have completed a course. In total, staff from NCHA have taken over 5500 courses online. Traditional courses are also available, with many being held at the Association’s head office in Nottingham. NCHA is also a part-owner of Access Training, which delivers a wide range or courses and apprenticeships.