It will be using Virtual College's 'Enable' learning management system and e-learning resources alongside Smart Assessor's e-portfolio to enhance its apprenticeship delivery.
One of the major benefits that Paragon can pass onto employers will be better visibility of their staff progress and how they are doing on their apprenticeship programme. Employers will have increased access to work that has been set which will in turn benefit the apprentice as their employer will be able to fully support them from start to finish. Paragon's delivery teams will also benefit from less time travelling, less time sitting in traffic and from reduced mileage.
Daniel O'Keefe, Managing Director of Paragon Skills, commented: "Using technology to support our operation offers us additional advantages in terms of the quality, consistency and success of our delivery.
"Online resources will help us engage successfully in a medium which sits comfortably with young apprentices. These resources and our ability to use the learning management system to track learner progress will help us achieve timely achievement rates."
In a competitive pitch, Virtual College and e-portfolio provider Smart Assessor collaborated to provide a successful offer.
Virtual College will provide knowledge resources including foundation, functional skills and technical certificate content to support a range of popular apprenticeships. Smart Assessor will enhance the competency element of the apprenticeship with its e-portfolio software.
"Working in partnership with Virtual College to offer an integrated assessment and learning solution is very exciting," said Fiona Hudson-Kelly, one of the founders of Smart Assessor, a fresh and innovative e-portfolio.
"It will enable Paragon to enhance learners' experience of evidencing competence and accessing learning resources online."
Mr O'Keefe added: "Quality and consistency will also be enhanced by using Virtual College's learning management system to support our own staff induction and appraisal systems."
Liam Prendergast, Commercial Manager of Virtual College's Education Division, commented: "Online teaching and learning resources are gaining real traction as a credible solution to the challenges of apprenticeship provision. Our tools and resources are already being used by some of the UK's leading training providers and further education colleges."About Virtual College
Virtual College has developed into one of the UK's leading providers of total solutions within the e-learning arena. Its key objective is to help enhance the traditional learning solution through the careful integration of technology.
Founded in 1995, today Virtual College has over 1 Million registered online learners and this is growing at a rate of over 800 a day, across both public and private sectors. The company has developed a comprehensive product range, including over 200 online courses, accessed via the company's own Learning Management System, as well as offering a complete content design and development service.
Further information is available at www.virtual-college.co.uk.