What Is Virtual College?
Who we are:
With over one million online learners, Virtual College is one of the leading providers of e-learning in the UK.
For over seventeen years, we have provided online courses to individuals and companies across the world, breaking down the boundaries of traditional learning to deliver cost reducing,
time efficient training. Unlike many other e-learning providers, our training extends to actual programme/qualification creation and delivery - resulting in a unique blended solution.
The knowledge, experience and feedback that this delivery provides helps ensure that we strive to continually improve our solutions.
Virtual College is also home to several e-Academies; specialist websites that concentrate on a sector
to ensure that a dedicated, knowledgeable team is meeting your training needs, as well as providing a hub for important updates and developments in policy and legislation,
meaning you don't have to spend days keeping up with snippets of information. The most recent addition to our e-learning network is the
Apprenticeships e-academy, which was set up to help your organisation get the most out of advances in training solutions,
maximising learner progression while minimising costs and administration. Our apprenticeship team can also help with advice and guidance on drawing from the latest
government funding schemes to ensure both the organisation and apprentice make the most of this opportunity.
What can we do for you?
Virtual College now has over 200 courses available to buy straight away, and we produce (and continually develop) a leading class system of e-learning tools focused
specifically on helping organisations improve their training practices and efficiency by adopting online tools. This includes our E>nable Learning Management System
(LMS) to take the hassle out of staff monitoring, the Optimise project planning tool and the innovative Course On-line Booking System (COBS) that makes it easier
for organisations to streamline their staff training monitoring no matter what the volume of new intakes or updates to workplace legislation.
Technology and the way we learn is always moving forward at a fast pace, and we love to hear how you think we can improve our service and products from you, so please let us know as
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01943 605976
What makes us special:
We understand that to produce the best product, you need commitment to creating a quality service and system, as well as a great workforce and an understanding of the value of
education; That's why here at Virtual College we are proud to hold the Investor in People standard, and we're also a Microsoft Certified Partner.
Our successes in providing innovative and effective learning solutions demonstrate that we are well on our way to achieving our mission statement:
"To be a world class provider of blended training
and development solutions"
Rod Knox CEO
What Do Your Courses Cover?
With a range of over 200 courses available from ourselves, or developed alongside
trusted distance learning partners, we cover quite a lot. Two of our most popular online courses at this time are Food Hygiene Level 2 and the 17th Edition mandatory electrician's
course, which regularly receive praise on their thorough coverage of subjects and easy accessibility to users no matter where they are in the country.
Perhaps more importantly is what else we can cover for you. While courses can be bought online and completed according to accredited standards, we also work with
individual companies to tailor solutions to their needs. Great examples of this have been working on the West Yorkshire NHS TIGER solution and delivering NVQ level
2 qualifications to disabled learners at Remploy in Bolton.
A Bit of History:
Founded in 1995 when the idea of e-learning was ahead of its time, Virtual College took the first steps in its vision of creating a better learning experience by
embracing technology and seeing how it could help; fast forward to April 1999 when the company delivered its first electronic NVQ qualifications following a number of
accolades including being cited in Government green papers and held as an e-learning exemplar in Hansard. By July we had become an approved supplier to UFI, and in the
following years we have continued to build trusted partnerships with leading British institutions including Princes Soft Drinks and General Electric, creating modules
alongside NHS professionals and the West Yorkshire Police. Over time the company has gone from strength to strength, launching new modules, products and establishing
the specialised e-academies along the way.
In September 2011 we were already celebrating a number of milestones including City & Guilds accreditation for our online food hygiene courses, the release of our
first iPhone e-learning app and passing the mark of our 600,000th registered learner, for which we started the 'NEET' initiative - offering 6 free courses for 60 days
to anyone meeting the 'NEET' criteria.
Fast forward to August 2012 and we now have over 825,000 learners, 100,000 of which have completed our Food Hygiene Certificate training. The 'Reduce the Risk' iOS
app is helping to raise awareness of preventing domestic abuse, another set of apprentices have graduated with the help of our field staff, and our Housing e-Academy
has partnered with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) to help deliver training to contractors, staff, and tenants.
With new opportunities around every corner, the future's bright and we look forward to bringing you the cutting edge in online training tools.