Capita deal gives Industrial Society learning arm ‘a dynamic future’

The
Industrial Society has sold its workforce training business and associated
publications to the Capita Group.

The
two organisations plan to develop a strategic alliance, which is intended to
bring benefits both to their customers and wider networks. 

The
Industrial Society retains its futures and policy teams, its leadership and
coaching businesses, its consultancy division together with its conference
business, education department, research journals and its 10,000 strong
membership.

Will
Hutton, the society’s chief executive, said, "We are confident that the
Industrial Society’s learning and development business will have a dynamic
future within Capita and welcome the possibilities that exist in the developing
alliance between the two organisations. This will allow the Industrial Society
to remain linked to its training heritage and will bring advantages to both
organisations and the people we work with.

"The
Industrial Society has set itself the challenge of improving the quality of
working life in Britain. The UK has a dearth of creative, high performance
workplaces; despite recent economic improvements, UK productivity still
under-performs against its major industrialised counterparts in Europe and
North America. And although we have experienced over 30 years of equality
interventions many employers still find the implications of diversity too
challenging – part of the same story of too many unfulfilling workplaces. It is
clear that the Industrial Society and its members have a job to do.

"We
have already made a major investment in generating new ideas, research and
analysis. By translating our intellectual capital into practical propositions
for the workplace, we can forge a new link between creative, and fulfilled
employees and workplace productivity."

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