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Sports Direct extends multi-device induction training


Leading sports retailer, Sports Direct is extending its online induction for new staff with two new elearning modules.

The company was among the first in the UK to invest in a fully responsive digital onboarding programme to provide new employees with flexible and user-friendly training. Award-winning elearning company, Sponge designed and developed the new bespoke modules, having already worked with Sports Direct since 2013 on their online induction programme. The courses are built using Adapt – an innovative responsive elearning framework – so employees can access the training on any type of device including smartphones and tablets.

Justin Kirkham, Staff Development and Training Manager at Sports Direct, said:

“The induction training we provide to our new employees is always focused on assisting with adjustment to their new job and helping them become familiar with their new work environment. It is essential for us to offer support to our new employees in whichever way we can and be sure that we get their new career off to the best possible start. Innovation is at the heart of and the development of our elearning platform shares the same ethos.”

The latest elearning courses help new starters understand what happens in store on a daily basis, their role in merchandising stock and helping customers find the best products.

Sponge’s Managing Director, Louise Pasterfield, said:

“Sports Direct are pioneers in multi-device elearning and we are delighted to work with them again on creating yet more responsive modules. Adapt allows a single course to adjust intelligently to different size screens, providing learners with maximum choice and flexibility on how and when they do their learning.”

The online induction courses have been delivered to around 25,000 employees, across the 19 countries Sports Direct operates in. The training is hosted on Sponge’s cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS), Launch&Learn allowing managers to easily track how many learners are active and monitor their progress on any device.

Sponge was named the gold winner in the Outstanding Learning Organisation category at the recent Elearning Awards 2015.