Medway Council launches “i-share” at LGA conference in Birmingham
Originally developed for workforce planning and skills mapping, i-share has evolved into a regional portal for local authorities and their partners to manage and book on-line, thousands of training events being offered throughout Kent.
i-share has now partnered with Core Learning Services to integrate their Course-Source L earning Management System into the i-share platform to enable the seamless delivery of e-learning whether developed by councils or purchased from a growing number of commercial publishers , thus enabling all e-learning packages to sit within i-share preventing the need for multiple log ins.
Users are able to login and search for either classroom training or e-learning and the i‑share system takes care of all the admin – automating much of the work flow around request, approval, booking and invoicing.
Today there are 8,000 registered users in the system from 270 organisations in Kent with a total of 1,800 courses on offer, and more than 26,000 course places booked.
One Unitary Authroity has has calculated real savings of £90,000 per annum from the automation of course searching and booking online and a further £200k in efficiency savings from sharing and collaborating with neighbouring authorities, economies of scale and resource time saved. Estimated savings from using the system county-wide add up to approximately £3 million per annum.
The project has been so successful that Medway Council, who own and manage i-share, plan to create many regional i-share portals and are looking for local authorities to pilot the system. Learn more by visiting stand C-16 at the LGA conference exhibition.