Toolwire, a leading innovator of experiential distance learning solutions based in Pleasanton, CA, USA, have announced that they have been chosen by the UK's Institute of IT Training (IITT) as the gold winner for their highly acclaimed “Innovation in Training Services” award for 2009.
The Institute of IT Training hosts the annual IT Training Awards ceremony in February to recognize outstanding examples of high standards, best practice, innovation and excellence within IT training. One of the training industry’s most prestigious awards, they are firmly established as the benchmark for excellence throughout the IT training industry. The “Innovation in Training Services” award celebrates IT training technology and delivery innovation.
“The Innovation in Training Services award pays tribute to the very best in innovative learning methods and techniques,” said Colin Steed, Chief Executive at IITT. ”Toolwire embodies the high standards of the Institute with its performance, best practices, quality, care of its customers, integrity and passion for innovation, which are second to none.”
“Toolwire is committed to the highest standard of excellence across their portfolio of solutions,” said Brian Sutton, winner of the 2009 Colin Corder Award for Lifetime Achievement to the IT Training industry and a member of the judging panel. “From engaging collaborative capabilities for higher education to Day-in-the-Life Scenarios and Live Labs for corporate programs they are defining the IT training experience of tomorrow with some of the most effective innovations available for accelerating workplace skills transfer.”
Toolwire’s presence in the UK allows the company to understand the unique needs of the market and enables them to provide custom experiential learning solutions to leading global brands such as Thomson Reuters, British Telecom, HSBC and others.
“Toolwire’s Live Labs and Day-in-the-Life interactive Scenarios support the delivery of critical skill sets, enabling on-demand technology apprenticeships for our employees all over the world,” said Charles Jennings, former Global Head of Learning for Thomson Reuters. “In today’s challenging competitive environment, Toolwire’s innovative training solutions have helped the company accelerate our time-to-productivity. Thomson Reuters continues to use Toolwire’s distance learning programs as competitive differentiators for our human capital investments.”
“Working with Toolwire to co-create and deliver an experiential training solution to meet our worldwide training objectives enabled us to cost effectively meet our corporate requirements for on-demand training,” said Rick Sciortino, Head of Group e-Learning for HSBC. “They are clear leaders in effectively applying virtualization to learning.”
Toolwire has demonstrated a 10-year pedigree of learning innovation. The company consistently increases employee productivity for their customers by leveraging instructional design expertise and a proprietary platform to co-create innovative, hands-on learning programs. The company is committed to the IT training industry through the development of advanced products and services, investing in excess of 30% of revenues back into research and development – an industry leading commitment to innovation.
“Toolwire has proven to be a valued partner in helping us deliver on our global training objectives. They understand the importance of on-demand 24x7 availability and treat our training environment as mission critical," said Julieann Scalisi, Managing Director of Citrix Education.
“Our Toolwire-enabled hands-on training is a key differentiator that will continue to contribute to an increase in our global virtualization market share. Thanks to Toolwire we were able to meet our 2008 global partner enablement goals. Our partners were able to access the training they needed 24x7 and obtain hands-on practice with our XenServer product which helped ensure they were prepared to support our mutual sales goals.”
“Toolwire is extremely proud to have been recognized by the Institute for our development of innovative training programs and major contributions to the industry,” said John Valencia, President and Chief Executive Officer of Toolwire. “We want to thank our customers and employees for their support. It is their commitment to Toolwire that makes this award possible.”
Toolwire, Inc. (toolwire.com) is a learning solutions provider specializing in products and services for experiential learning. Toolwire's hands-on Live Labs and interactive Scenarios provide on-demand, personalized practice with live systems for blended training initiatives. “Learning by doing” provides the quickest and most effective way to develop skills and ensure ongoing competency with technology. Toolwire’s products empower many of the Information Technology industry’s leading global learning organizations, including Citrix Education, Microsoft Learning, Cisco Partner Education and the University of Phoenix. The company is headquartered in Pleasanton, CA.
About The Institute of IT Training
The Institute of IT Training is the world's first professional body for IT training professionals. It was established in 1995 and since then has grown on an annual basis where it is now firmly established as the leading authority throughout the UK and Europe on IT training and development. The Institute of IT Training exists to continuously raise standards of professionalism within the training industry. Through an unrivalled range of membership, certification, accreditation, events and bespoke consultancy services, the Institute focuses on enhancing and recognising the skills and professional status of individuals and organisations engaged in training activities, and assessing the quality of training services.