eCom Conference 2019

Learning Technologies as a Positive Enabler: Upskilling People for the Future of Work

We were delighted to welcome delegates from the public, private and third sector, to the annual eCom Conference. Delegates heard how our innovative learning technologies are helping our clients to upskill their people for the future of work.

Our Keynote Speech

David Coyne, Director of the Centre for Work-based learning, shared his thoughts on how industry 4.0 and digital transformation is shaping the world of work and the meta skills people need for a successful career.

Positive Impact of Learning Technologies

eCom’s Managing Director, Wendy Edie, then outlined the positive impact of our learning technologies on the Scottish economy and our alignment with the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy and National Performance Framework.

Following Wendy, Linda McCourt, Global Head of Training and Learning for the British Council outlined how their digital learning solution, developed by eCom, is helping them deliver Agent and Counsellor training globally.

Technology Zones

During the break, delegates were able to visit our 3 technology zones and discover more about our work in virtual reality (VR), digital transformation and eLearning.

A Strategic Approach to Digital Learning

The conference continued with Matthew Perkins, Digital Learning Manager at Mencap, explaining the strategic approach they are taking to digital learning. Matt was introduced by Shona Smart, Learning Technology Consultant at eCom who described how eCom’s learning technologies will provide extensive support for Mencap’s onboarding and induction programmes as well as helping them deliver a wide range of training to their 8,500 strong workforce.

The Need for Competency Assessment

Christine Telford, from CTC GEO Ltd, then presented on behalf of the UK Operational Geoscience Competency Initiative, on the need for competency assessment. Christine, outlined the challenges of measuring competency and demonstrating this to others. She explained that, through working with eCom, UKOGC will now be able to carry out objective testing using an online assessment tool and a question database which also has a strong reporting capabilities.

Future of Learning Technologies

eCom Group CEO, Linda Steedman, then shared her view on the future of learning technologies and the need for organisations to provide training in ways that encourage adoption of new digital technologies. Linda then discussed the importance of developing a connected workforce as well as fostering a digital culture of innovation.

In Closing…

We’re very grateful to Professor Joe Goldblatt from Queen Margaret University, who provided the closing remarks and left delegates with 3 key takeaways:

1) No matter what technology is employed, it is still all about the people
2) Developing workers to do new types of role has to start now
3) Gaining engagement in the workforce is key to driving productivity

Find out more

To find out more about any of the topics covered at the conference, or chat about how we could help you get started with your digital learning journey, please Contact Us Online or call 01383 630032 and discover the eCom way.

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