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St Albans, Herts, United Kingdom, 2006/05/04 - Aided by Open Mind, the UK’s largest distributor of learning resources, T-Mobile has developed a learning centre at its Hatfield, UK, head office – to support its training programmes..
In an article in The Guardian newspaper (‘Required reading’, 24th April), Catherine Quinn revealed research by the TUC which showed that only 23 per cent of UK companies provide library or book club facilities at work. She went on to examine one of these forward-looking companies: T-Mobile.
T-Mobile has developed a learning centre at its Hatfield head office and also makes its resources available remotely to its staff in other branches – to support its training programmes. In addition to two or three copies of each business book, there are video- and audio-based learning materials.
Nikki Wright, T-Mobile’s on-site training administrator, is responsible for choosing and sourcing materials for the library. She takes recommendations from T-Mobile staff and from Open Mind, the UK’s largest distributor of learning resources and T-Mobile’s preferred supplier for all learning resources
Wright commented: “It’s useful to have the extra input. Open Mind knows the topics we’re interested in, so they ring up and say, ‘You should consider having this book on your shelves’.”
According to Alun Harvey, of Open Mind, which is frequently referred to by customers as the ‘Trainers’ Toyshop’: “We are able to give our customers access to over 10,000 learning resources in all forms of delivery media – from ‘hi-tech’ online, DVD and CD-ROM programmes, through the ‘traditional’ video programmes to books and audio tapes. We even offer games and ice-breaking activities.”
About Open Mind
Formed in 1991, Open Mind distributes and develops resources to help organisations to develop their people. As such, it provides customers with broad access to over 10,000 learning resources in all forms of delivery media and is frequently referred to by customers as the ‘Trainers’ Toyshop’.
These resources include:
• CD-ROMs & DVDs
• Online learning
• Audio tapes & CDs
• Games & activities
Topics covered include:
• Information technology
Open Mind also offers:
• Free independent advice on
• Selecting from over 10,000 titles from 100 publishers - in all media – on any business topic
• Selecting appropriate resources to fit clients’ budgets
• A free Preview Centre facility
• Practical help with establishing – or re-launching - managing and marketing a Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
• The STAR intranet-based Learning Centre Management System to manage LRCs
• An online directory of resources, allowing users to search and view on-screen details of over 5,500 titles on 200 topics from more than 100 publishers – and purchase securely online.
For further details of all the learning resources available via Open Mind, contact Alun Harvey at Open Mind on 01491 411061 or alun[.]openmind-learning.co.uk