Initially a pilot project, sector market research is being conducted from the UK to investigate key areas of learning and development activity in Spain.
Following the outcomes of the research, a team of experienced BLA consultants will be commissioned to visit Spain over the next two months to investigate key areas of the learning and development sector, with a view to assessing the export opportunities for relevant UK organisations.
Speaking on the partnership between the BLA and UKTI, Brian Merison General Manager at the BLA said, "UKTI expressed a desire to work with the BLA to help develop exporting opportunities and support for the learning and development sector. He went on to say, "The BLA has an established track record in delivering project outcomes - the BLA’s status as an independent ‘not for profit’ registered charity enhances the objectivity and clarity of what is achieved."
A one day event is also scheduled to take place in the first week of December in the Yorkshire & Humberside region to disseminate the findings and to raise awareness in general of international export opportunities for providers in the learning and development sector. The event will demonstrate how providers can start to engage with export opportunities through a series of Case Studies from BLA members that have experience of export business to illustrate how companies have been successful in international markets.
The dissemination event in December will be the first of what will become a series of events scheduled in the UK for 2006.
The British Learning Association (BLA) is a centre of expertise that produces best practice examples, identifies trends and disseminates information on both innovative and well-established techniques and technologies for learning. The aim is to synthesise existing knowledge, develop original solutions and disseminate this to a wide cross sector membership. Members include leading organisations from large corporates, learning providers, higher and further education, government departments and business support agencies. It is the premier independent organisation, with global reach, committed to excellence and best practice in learning.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government organisation that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in the UK.