Charities recognised for innovative L&D

Several members of the Charity Learning Consortium have been shortlisted for the Training Journal Awards, proving that you can achieve success with learning and development despite a restricted budget. 

Several members of the Charity Learning Consortium have been shortlisted for the Training Journal Awards 2019, and we’re rooting for them in the next stage!

Michelle Coates, L&D Manager at World Vision UK has been shortlisted for L&D Professional of the Year. Amongst other things, Michelle has transformed induction at World Vision UK – you can read about her approach to putting employees needs first on our website. Michelle used a Kaizen approach to help her solve problems, and she’ll be co-presenting a special Kaizen workshop at the Charity Learning Consortium members meeting on 19th September.

Cats Protection has been recognised in two categories. First for it’s Volunteer Champions Programme in the Public Sector/Not for Profit category. The much loved charity has also been shortlisted for Best Use of Technology in Learning. Working collaboratively with Little Man Project they successfully transformed the Volunteer Champions Programme to be delivered online. As a result, they’re reaching even more volunteers, without losing learning that happens in the classroom. The charity relies on over 11,000 volunteers to deliver the majority of its services, so supporting them is a priority.

Little Man Project – a long standing partner of the Charity Learning Consortium – has also been shortlisted for a project in the Best Training Partnership category.  Aware of a growing concern for the under and misdiagnosis of women and girls on the autism spectrum, The National Autistic Society commissioned Little Man Project to develop an eLearning module to support clinicians. The charity used their specialist knowledge of autism and funding from the Pears Foundation, while Little Man Project brought their instructional design skills to the project. The right partnership between charities and commercial suppliers can have a huge positive impact and affect real change. The groundbreaking module was used by almost 15,000 people within the first year of its launch. 

Martin Baker, CEO and founder of the Consortium said he was thrilled to see charities in the running for the Training Journal awards: “I’m constantly amazed at the creativity of charities and their ability to succeed, often with little budget and few dedicated L&D staff. They often don’t recognise that the work they do is exceptional, so I couldn’t be happier to see some of our members, alongside Little Man Project, in the running for these awards. Good luck everyone!”


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