In today’s competitive markets, a highly skilled workforce is critical to business success. Organisations and their staff understand the importance of training but face significant challenges when it comes to balancing time and budgets. They need training that is engaging but delivered flexibly. Recognising and meeting this growing need has earned Global Knowledge UK the 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Learning Partner of the Year award, which it will collect at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston in July.

Global Knowledge UK has transformed the training market with its unique V&C Select™ solution, providing a new way for people to access effective training courses where time, geographical location, and cost of travel and accommodation were once prohibitive factors.

Developed by Global Knowledge UK and now being adopted across EMEA, V&C Select™ enables delegates to ‘select’ how they learn, either by taking the training course in a classroom or attending the same class virtually. Both offer access to the same high-quality tuition and hands-on sessions. Delegates can use both methods of learning for the same course, enabling them to fit training around their other commitments and minimise time away from the office.

Delegates appreciate the benefits of V&C Select™, sharing comments that include, “Being able to fit studying around my day-to-day routine without spending hours commuting is a great personal benefit,” and “Just as good as being in class!”

Allan Pettman, Managing Director at Global Knowledge UK, is delighted to win the award. “We entered the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Awards because it provided the perfect opportunity to showcase our innovation and reward the team’s efforts over the last year. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft and the partner community, and this award reflects our commitment to providing engaging learning across the UK and beyond.”

Because V&C Select™ offers a flexible approach, it reduces the total cost of training by up to 50 percent and lowers cancellation rates without diminishing the effectiveness of the learning experience. This benefits delegates, companies, and Microsoft partners who resell Global Knowledge UK’s training courses.

Ahead of the award ceremony, Pettman is looking to the future. “Learning has never been more important, but businesses and individuals are looking for more adaptable and cost-effective ways to train staff. V&C Select™ is just the start – we’re looking at a number of new ways to enhance the learning experience while making events more flexible and mobile. Watch this space for more innovation in 2013!”

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