Training Partners
Training Partners

Those trainers who are able to write high quality content for e-learning, and design and implement Integrated Learning programmes, are going to be in increasing demand as we move into the 21st Century. The Sherpa Training Partnership scheme provides all you need to join this training revolution. Through this scheme, you can acquire new skills and have them marketed for you. You will also be able to promote the courses you currently run.

Full details will be found over the page, but first some background information:

revolution is taking place in the way in which training is delivered – some call it the e-learning revolution. And there is considerable evidence for this:

In 1999 International Data Corporation (an IT research body) predicted that the market for web-based training will exceed $6 billion by 2002.  IT Training magazine (September 2000)

A Department for Education and Employment report suggests that "classroom training will fall from 55 per cent of all training to 30 per cent in five years."

According to the Institute of Personnel and Development's People Management magazine (Feb 2000), research shows a 13 per cent increase in the use of the Internet.

Xebec McGraw Hill undertook research by questionnaire and by responses at seminars during 1998 and 99. Their report indicates that 77per cent of organisations with an intranet consider that the intranet will become important in delivering training over the next three years. 60 per cent think that online training will help them deliver a learning organisation culture.

According to the Department for Education and Employment report 'Authoring for CBT and Interactive Multimedia’ (published Spring 2000), 58 per cent of training providers increased their TBT development teams in the last three years, and 89 per cent expected to increase them again in the future.

However, those who foretell the demise of classroom training often ignore other evidence:

An IT Training Magazine IT Research Programme indicates that demand for classroom training is still strong (59 per cent of respondents preferred it, compared with 17 per cent for CBT and 9 per cent for WBT. This indicates that a mix of training delivery media is likely to be more successful than on-line provision alone.

Elliot Maisie, the American e-learning guru, says "Over the next few years we will see an increase in the number of blended models integrating technology-based learning with classroom-delivered training. This supercharges the whole process."  People Management (25 Nov 1999)

Click here for facts and figures about E-learning and Integrated Learning.

earning is a process which should take place over a period of time, not a ‘short, sharp shock’ delivered over two or three days in an expensive hotel. Now we can design training using a suitable mix of the many delivery mechanisms available to us – on-line, classroom, tutored (on-line, synchronous or asynchronous), mentored or coached, self-directed etc. That’s why we have developed a concept of Integrated Learning (or i-learning) that has wide implications for the way training will be delivered in the future.  (You will find more detailed information about Integrated Learning by clicking on First Visit on the front page of this site).

 Currently there is a major problem with the e-learning aspects of Integrated Learning – a gross shortage of people with the skills needed to produce quality content.

Of the 700 organisations, ranging from multinationals to further education institutions, that submitted samples of their work to the University for Industry, "no more than a quarter were deemed to have achieved the UfI standards at the first assessment by a panel of experts."  People Management (24 August 2000)

The Department for Education and Employment report Authoring for CBT and Interactive Multimedia (published Spring 2000), states that "A typical TBT author will NOT have received specific training in the many skills required for TBT development . . ."

That is why our first job was to produce a cost-effective course which trains trainers to write technology-based learning programmes. It is not an industry first; the Institute of IT Training just pipped us to the post. However, their programme, excellent though it is, costs £1200.  One trainer, who has done both courses, commented that the depth of treatment of the Sherpa course was more satisfactory.

The Benefits of Being a Sherpa Training Partner

  • You earn commission every time someone undertakes your learning programme.
    (Classroom work is paid at a higher rate and expenses for classroom sessions are paid in addition)

  • You earn extra commission if you also tutor your learning programme

  • You earn consultancy fees when we call on you to write bespoke material for customers

  • Your material is marketed for you

  • You retain the copyright of your text

  • You can elect to run any classroom work associated with your course

  • You can appoint additional tutors to help you, as your course grows in popularity

  • You have full technical backup, so do not need any specialist IT skills

  • You have a two-year renewable contract

  • Once trained, you can offer more learning programmes on which to earn commission.

  • You will be able to offer courses from your own prospectus to Sherpa customers

  • Sherpa will continue to support your work and help you develop as a trainer

How to Become a Sherpa Training Partner

  • You should be a self-employed freelance trainer or consultant.

  • Choose a subject which is not already on Sherpa Integrated Learning’s course list.

  • Register to take the Designing and Writing E-learning Content course.*   As a potential Training Partner you will be able to undertake this learning programme at the reduced price of £300 (+VAT £352.50 – normally £587.50). We accept major credit cards and UK nationals are likely to be eligible for up to 20% support through the Government Individual Learning Account Scheme.. (At the end of this course, you should be well on the way to producing your first e-learning or Integrated Learning programme.)

  • The support team at Sherpa will implement your learning programme and market it for you.

*Exemption from training will be considered, if you already hold an appropriate qualification in this field or can demonstrate relevant expertise.

Click here for a list of courses currently available or being written

What they say about ‘Designing and Writing E-learning Content.’
"I was impressed with the thoroughness of the course, which continually made me question the suitability of my writing and design for learners on-line. The coverage of "good English" is very sound. The coverage of page formatting is limited but sufficient to make the learner consider the key differences between the screen and the printed page. The promptness of feedback from the tutor was excellent, usually within 24 hours." Nigel Bailey

"Really helped me to benchmark against best practice."  "Excellent feedback from the tutor.   Rapid response to work sent in helped me to progress at my own speed."  Teresa Williams

Send a C.V., a sample of your writing (about two sides of A4) and details of the learning programme or programmes you can offer to:

E-learning and Integrated Learning
In 1999 the International Data Corporation (an American IT research company) predicted that the world market for web-based training (alone) will exceed $6 billion by 2002   IT Training (September 2000)

The Industrial Society shows that UK businesses spend an average of 1.11% of turnover. The average spent per head on training in the 2000 survey was £347. Another survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development indicates an average spend per head of £446. Preliminary reports indicate that the spend in the year 2000/2001 has increased considerably.

UK Government statistics show, that in the summer of 2000, some 28 million people were in employment, 17 million non-manual workers (our primary target population).  Based on the Industrial Society’s figures above, this produces a UK training spend of £5.9 billion for the primary target group and £9.7 billion for the workforce as a whole. Based on the CIPD statistics, the respective figures are £7.6 billion and £12.4 billion.

Although the focus of our immediate marketing strategy is the U.K., we expect to expand our services quickly throughout the English-speaking world and then Europe.

Sherpa’s first short-term goal is to train 100 customers per year on each of 100 high quality courses (of an average duration of 5 hours e-learning each) at an average price for that component of the training of £100. This is our ‘100 x 100 x 100’ goal which we hope to achieve within three years. In addition to this, earnings will accrue from tutoring, integrated classroom sessions, bespoke commissions, portals to IT training providers and Development Partnership schemes, large contracts for access and commissions from the sale of Training Partners’ courses.

Integration: a tool for ROI
Integrated Learning is producing some startling results. Since 1994, members of the Holley Warren Partnership (Sherpa’s founding company) experienced the benefits of using Integrated Learning techniques by blending classroom work and coaching.  Many end-of-course follow-up sessions generated an enormous buzz.  Most delegates could cite significant improvements in their performance and testified to a pronounced sense of achievement.

This anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of the Integrated Learning approach is supported by research. Olivero, Bane and Kopelman (1997) found that executive coaching increased public sector employee productivity by 88% after 8 weeks one-on-one coaching, compared to an increase of 22% by training alone.

This has been corroborated by others. A course developed by The Securities Institute in partnership with Wide Learning had a 63% pass rate using traditional training methods. This was increased (coincidentally) to 88% using ‘blended’ learning.

Research by Professor Murray Goldberg of the University of British Columbia comparing e-learning, classroom learning and Integrated Learning, showed "staggering" improvements using integrated delivery techniques.

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Courses currently available or being written

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  • Writing - Business English
  • Writing - copywriting
  • Writing - reports
  • Writing - technical
  • Writing -letters

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28 May 2018

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