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NEWS: Unicorn Training Announces Record Year

peterp_headshotUnicorn Training, one of the UK’s longest established and most respected online learning companies, has reported record sales and growth of a third in 2015.

Unicorn sales have exceeded £5.6m (US$8.5m), a 33% rise on 2014, in this calendar year, with more new customers won than ever before as well as the company achieving double-digit growth in recurrent revenue from a loyal customer base.

In 2015 Unicorn’s online learning and performance platform, SkillsServe, was ranked the world’s number one LMS for financial services and fifth overall, and Unicorn will be marking its record year on Stand P14 at the Learning Technologies 2016 conference and exhibition at Olympia on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 February.

Peter Phillips, Unicorn co-founder and CEO, said: “Over the past 12 months we have seen sustained growth in demand across all our main activities; platform, bespoke content development and our off-the-shelf compliance library.

“This is particularly true in our core sector, financial services, where demand for high quality regulatory and compliance training, together with increased awareness of the risks of cybercrime, are being driven by rigorous, new UK regulatory standards.”

Unicorn is uniquely positioned to offer turnkey solutions, combining SkillsServe’s sector-leading features with relevant and up-to-date content and outstanding instructional design, backed by long-standing partnerships with such industry bodies as the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the British Bankers Association (BBA).

In addition, having acquired a strategic stake in the world class games studio, Amuzo, at the end of last year, Unicorn is also able to meet the growing demand for mobile just-in-time learning, serious games and on-demand video content.

Peter added: “Looking ahead to 2016, I believe this robust and scalable business model will continue to generate strong growth in our core business.

“Add to this the exciting new opportunities opened up through our partnership with Amuzo and for a company whose purpose for over 25 years has been to provide great learning experiences through the innovative use of technology, these are exciting times.”

For more information about Unicorn Training visit www.unicorntraining.com and to come and see us at Learning Technologies 2016 register for free entry to the Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills 2016 exhibitions and seminars at www.learningtechnologies.co.uk

News: Unicorn To Launch New Authoring Tool at Learning Technologies 2015

SaveTheDate_Email-page-001Come and see what all the eCreator fuss is about when Unicorn Training returns to Learning Technologies at Olympia Central on 28-29 January.

With a number of clients having already successfully adopted Unicorn’s new user-friendly, flexible integrated authoring tool over the past few months, Learning Technologies marks eCreator’s official launch to market at stand 95.

Unicorn will also be celebrating the fifth birthday of its award-winning learning and performance platform SkillsServe with the release of SkillsServe 5.0.

SkillsServe was ranked in the World’s top 10 Learning Management Systems in the LMS Mid-Year 2014 Report, compiled by industry guru Craig Weiss.

eCreator is built into SkillsServe and breaks the mould in users being able to produce graphically-rich, interactive content simply and at minimal cost.eCreator-logo

Fully tablet compatible, with the ability to create, edit, deliver and study content on Apple and Android tablets as well as PCs, eCreator meets the increasing demand for firms to be able to create and publish quality learning content more easily, and for in-company subject matter experts to be able to edit and update content directly.


Amongst the companies already using eCreator to create and deliver mobile-ready courses are the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Tesco Bank, Insurance Institute of Ireland (III).

Here are some of the things being said about eCreator already……..

  • “The eCreator has already brought huge improvements in our productivity as well as professional quality results that add value to our student support. We’re very impressed with the new tool.”
  • “The graphics and whole look is brilliant. Very engaging to the eye.”
  • “It looks really good, impressive.”

skillsServeMeanwhile SkillsServe 5.0 includes two major changes.

There is a new catalogue and content manager, combined to make it easier to build programmes, and diagnostic assessments, enabling administrators to generate assessments from programmes automatically, with users only having to complete learning for areas not passed.

Anyone visiting the Unicorn stand over the two days will have the chance to win a champagne balloon ride. To find Unicorn on stand 95, just look for the pink balloons!

For more information visit www.unicorntraining.com

Broker ASSESS relaunched at BIBA 2012

Broker ASSESS, the broking industry’s most widely-used, authoritative online training and competency resource, has undergone a comprehensive upgrade. The new solution was officially re-launched by BIBA chief executive Eric Galbraith at the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) 2012 Conference and Exhibition today (Wednesday 16 May).

The upgraded Broker ASSESS has been developed to deliver a more complete, engaging and cost-effective online learning and development experience to help brokers better meet the challenges and professionalism demands of their ever-evolving industry.

Broker ASSESS provides comprehensive support for compliance training and CPD needs. Hosted on Unicorn Training’s SkillsServe platform, it has a highly intuitive user interface, easy to use search and browse for content features, more powerful management and reporting functions, and excellent integration with wider CII and BIBA broker services.

The unrivalled range of industry specific content focuses on improving brokers’ understanding of how regulation impacts on their everyday business practices. The new content includes a series of role-specific, interactive case studies focused specifically on the broker market plus a range of other context-based resources.

In February this year Broker ASSESS was awarded 2012 Microsoft Learning Technology Solution of the Year at the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) awards.

The LPI judges recognised Broker ASSESS as a really effective use of learning technologies, covering core skills, development and CPD. They stated, “The system clearly demonstrates that, whilst technology is important, content is critical.”

Eric Galbraith, BIBA Chief Executive, said: “The system has had a huge impact helping many brokers to demonstrate that they are meeting FSA training and competency regulations. The upgraded system is a testament to the hard work of the broker ASSESS team and the brokers on the working groups who have helped to developed the system even further.”

Steve Jenkins, director of financial markets for the CII, said, “We have totally refreshed the content to support regulatory learning and assessments. Broker ASSESS is now even simpler and more intuitive to use. One touch reports are available for managers, compliance and training managers and we will shortly be introducing online appraisals and file checking to support brokers.”

For more information about Broker ASSESS and to get a free 14 day trial email victors@biba.org.uk
Broker ASSESS is being demonstrated on Stand E70 at the BIBA Conference.

Double Unicorn award joy at LPI Awards

Unicorn Training is celebrating after winning two awards for Instructional Designer and Solution of the Year at the 2012 Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) Learning Awards held at The Dorchester, Park Lane on Thursday 2 February.

Leading financial services eLearning solutions providers, Unicorn Training, last year became the first organisation to achieve accreditation under the new banner of the LPI.

And the company, which next year celebrates 25 years at the forefront of eLearning excellence, made its mark on its first Learning Awards as an accredited body as Unicorn Training’s Laura Hooper was named ID of the Year and its industry-leading online training and competency resource for UK brokers, Broker ASSESS, handed the top Solution accolade.

The LPI Learning Awards recognise outstanding examples of high standards, best practice, innovation and excellence within the Learning and Development industry and are now firmly established as the benchmark for excellence throughout the learning industry.

Laura Hooper was recognised for her innovative and engaging solution to meet a demanding and time critical training need for long time client, Volkswagen Financial Services. The judges also recognised the flexibility of Laura’s solution that has enabled the template to be applied to several further scenarios and situations as a unique and effective rapid development tool. View Laura’s winning design in action here

Thanks to the support of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) and AXA, Broker ASSESS is the broking industry’s largest, most widely used and authoritative online training and competency resource. It is used by over 750 regulated UK firms with 25,000 current registered individual users to help improve commercial performance and levels of customer service and meet regulatory obligations.

Peter Phillips, Unicorn Training CEO, said: “I am delighted to have had the creativity and value of our work in encouraging effective learning and development recognised by the judges. We believe strongly in action-based learning, putting learners into emotionally engaging situations that are context rich, practical and highly effective. Evolving technologies, new tools and higher customer expectations means we can apply these principles more effectively than ever throughout our courseware and business simulations.

“Laura’s award reflects this ethos as her Flash template is rooted in putting the learner experience at the heart of instructional design.

“The past year has seen Broker ASSESS undergo a major upgrade and redesign to deliver a more complete, engaging and practical learning experience, hosted on a new Web 2.0 platform offering advanced management and reporting tools, and sector-leading continuing professional development (CPD) functionality.”

Unicorn Training had been shortlisted for four LPI Learning Awards in total – the winning two entries plus External Training Project (Volkswagen Financial Services) and Training Company of the Year.

In November, Unicorn Training was named eLearning Development Company of the Year at the annual eLearning Awards.

For more information about how Unicorn Training can help you find the right online solutions for your business visit http://www.unicorntraining.com

New iiiconnect platform gets prestigious Irish awards nod

Unicorn Training is delighted to learn that the Insurance Institute of Ireland’s (III) first ever online learning and development platform, iiiConnect, has been shortlisted for a prestigious eircom Spider Award in the Best Education Website category.

The III, the leading professional and educational body for the insurance industry in Ireland, has launched iiiConnect – hosted on Unicorn’s highly-intuitive, collaborative Web 2.0 learning management system SkillsServe – to 14,000 members in firms across Ireland.

iiiConnect is the result of a collaboration between the III, Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and Unicorn to provide eLearning to the Irish insurance market. The aim was to deliver an excellent learning experience to the III’s members, giving them greater flexibility in training and educational services and tailoring their learning to fit their schedules, whilst establishing the III as the primary provider of training and development in the Irish market.

The eircom Spider Awards are considered Ireland’s most prestigious online awards celebrating Irish internet excellence, and the results will be announced at their annual awards dinner on November 10.

Unicorn Consultant, Helen Watts, explains.

“As well as providing high quality, authoritative technical reference eLearning and exam support to its members pre-qualification, there was the core need for a solution that enabled III members to achieve their regulatory CPD targets under the compulsory requirements of the Central Bank of Ireland’s Minimum Competency Code.”

“With more than 15 years’ experience working together delivering innovative eLearning solutions to the UK and international insurance and financial services industry markets, Unicorn Training and the CII were uniquely placed to assist the III in developing iiiConnect.”

iiiConnect enables its members to complete their studies, maintain CPD compliance and advance their careers in line with the III’s vision of a community where professional excellence and the highest ethical standards provide career and personal fulfilment.

For pre-qualification members, a specifically-tailored, suite of engaging, interactive eLearning, personalised study routemaps, exceptional event management tools, iiiConnect’s Knowledge Sharing Environment, webinars and exam test papers and quizzes provide comprehensive pre-exam support.

Meanwhile, the updated Minimum Competency Code (MCC) dictates that, as of 1 December 2011, Irish insurance industry employees must annually complete 15 hours CPD to retain their designation. iiiConnect incorporates sector leading CPD functionality.

This functionality not only includes access to CPD accredited eLearning but students can manage event bookings and download lecture powerpoints, keep up to date with the latest industry news, get help from subject matter experts and share their study experiences with other students through a wide range of diverse learning tools and resources.

iiiConnect integrates with III members’ PSAB-GI (Professional Standards Advisory Board – General Insurance) CPD compliance management portfolio. Both Face to Face and eLearning CPD lectures attended by members are automatically logged and recorded in each student’s PSAB-GI CPD portfolio.

Frank Craven, III Director of Management Systems, added: “We are constantly striving to improve our member experience with us and ensure they have the best opportunity to manage their professional and educational development. Our investment in iiiConnect gives our members greater flexibility to avail of our services. We are delighted with the positive member feedback we are now getting.”

Take a tour of iiiConnect at www.iii.ie/connect

E-learning PASS rates 26% above national average

Scottish Widows online study program PASS is now taking IFA registrations ahead of the Chartered Insurance Institute’s round of exams in April 2009.

The Professional Advisory Study System (PASS) provides free access to study planning tools, an online resource centre and subsidised CII course material and exam entry. According to Scottish Widows analysis of the results from the April 2008 exams, advisers using PASS achieved pass rates which exceed the national average by 26 per cent across the exam spectrum.

Scottish Widows head of market relations George Andrew commented on training “Post the FSA’s statement, many advisers are looking at how they’ll upgrade their qualifications. The key factor for most is to avoid disruption to their businesses and their customers. Anything which shortens the time to qualification will be welcomed and we expect demand for PASS to be even higher than for the previous sittings.”

Unicorn worked with the CII and Scottish widows to develop the PASS training solution on our Study Serve learning management system. Scottish Widows now plan to roll out training to all other advisers on a payment basis (as part of a study package).