De Beers polishes up its knowledge

The diamond mining and marketing company De Beers is implementing
Click2learn’s Aspen Enterprise system for a pilot e-learning project for 500
employees in South Africa and the UK.

Rising to 8,000 employees for the final roll-out, the project is scheduled
to run for 12 to 18 months and is designed to help De Beers establish an
e-learning infrastructure and position e-learning within its longer term
corporate learning strategy.

"E-learning was an obvious next step in our continuous drive to keep
our employees’ skills up-to-date and fill any skills gaps quickly and
effectively," says Willie Maritz, HR manager responsible for
organisational development at De Beers.

"We are hoping e-learning can be delivered rapidly across multiple
locations to massively increase workforce productivity. The pilot programme is
about evaluating various e-learning possibilities," he added.

During the pilot, De Beers will use Click2learn’s Aspen suite to deliver
off-the-shelf e-learning content, including IT training content from Thomson
NETg and management skills training from Skillsoft as well as proprietary De
Beers content developed using Aspen LXS Designer.

Click2learn will also be working with its South African-based Aspen partner
and learning integrator Learning Resources.

Following the pilot, De Beers plans will work with Click2learn to adapt the
company’s existing knowledge resources.

It intends to capture, manage and disseminate knowledge throughout the
company and is keen to assign experts to specific learning content who can be
on hand to help employees with any queries.

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