The Post Office – One Of The Largest Employers In The UK – To Embrace Elearning For Its Employees Outsourced To Elearning Specialists, Futuremedia Plc

March 9, 2001

ARUNDEL, England– Futuremedia PLC (NASDAQ: FMDAY),In a major coup for the developing elearning industry, one of the worlds leading distribution companies, The Post Office, is to work with Futuremedia Plc (NASDAQ:FMDAY) to deliver training over the Internet.  From the initial contract, the vision is to expand elearning to reach all 200,000 employees and potentially, customers and partners.

eLearning will blend with traditional training methods to reach the organisations personnel, increasing the volume of training it can deliver and reducing the time it takes to deliver learning programmes. Previously the logistics of time, cost, geography and sheer employee numbers have limited the level and speed of delivery of training to its employees.

Futuremedias elearning solution will initially deliver training directly to 6,000 employees in the first six months  – early elearning projects will include:

  • Post Office Induction training

  • Generic IT training skills

  • Bespoke internal IT systems training

  • Marketing Skills


The Post Offices long term strategy is to procure a complete elearning managed service. elearning specialists, Futuremedia, will manage the software, platform and site-hosting, but will also be developing a content brokerage service for ongoing e-Learning requirements.  For this, The Post Offices training requirements will be assessed, and then course search, negotiation and administration may be handled on the organisations behalf.

Maxine Easey, Electronic Business Special Initiatives Manager of The Post Office, says We specialise in distribution, and Futuremedia facilitates e-Learning.  Outsourcing allows our organisation to focus on our business objectives by seeking expert assistance through partnerships such as this. 

Christina Lomas, Director of The Post Office Training And Development Group, explains, eLearning offers our employees many benefits, not least the facility to learn whenever it suits them best. People can log on at any time if theyve forgotten how to do something or if they want to progress with their own development plan. The accessibility and flexibility of elearning is a new and powerful addition to the traditional approaches used to assist the personal development of our employees.

Mats Johansson, CEO of Futuremedia, says, The Post Offices move to embrace elearning is a major coup for elearning.  The fact that this world-famous distribution company is adopting Futuremedias approach to teach thousands of employees cost-efficiently will encourage many more.  Indeed, the Post Office order exemplifies our strategy of providing complete turn-key elearning solutions including learning management system, content brokerage, support and services to large corporations.”

The Post Office is one of the UKs leading businesses employing around 200,000 people and generating annual revenues in excess of £7.5 billion.      


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