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A few examples of what training is taking place in company that may inspire innovative ideas in higher education institutions

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"Bonobos, a leading e-commerce company that designs and sells men’s wear, is also a pioneer in employee career development. 

They have four major development programs. Know Your Customer program is designed to help Bonobos employees understand their customers better. There is also the How to Manage up Well, which aims at training employees at lower levels on how to relate with those on senior levels. Fit for Success and Manage for Success trains their employees on management skills and performance management skills, respectively.


TripleLift is a New York- based company that specializes in the development of ads. They do have a forum where employees interact, exchange ideas and share their on-going projects. Instead of outsourcing career developers, the company allows internal teaching and learning, which all happens between their employees. With this platform, employees are able to gain new skills and ideas. Also, the forum helps boost confidence, a quality that most employers will be looking for in employees.

Source: iTrain

Lloyds Bank: Induction for telephone banking staff

It is:

  • "Flexible, self-paced with clear progression.
  • Integrated Assima simulations of the actual bank’s system provided wall-garden for safely practising systems training for new staff.
  • High-end video using a road trip concept to take new recruits through onboarding.
  • Strong scripting and storyboarding using real world scenarios to help learners build empathy with customers."

Heineken: Capability Academy

It is:

  • "Progression – a Tube-type map keeps play-learners abreast of their progress and shows them where they are headed.
  • Engaging – leaderboard, competition, quests and challenges.
  • Scoring – earn point as you progress through the learning to push you up the leaderboard.
  • Feedback – gives an overall ranking as well as feedback on how you’re doing at each step.
  • A real board games accompanies the course!"

Source: Elucidat


"At Facebook, most of the learning happens organically within functional departments and is peer-to-peer and employee-driven.

What Facebook’s Learning & Development (L&D) team is most known for are its innovative Manager, Leadership and Positive Culture development programs. For example, Facebook’s Engage Coaching Program provides new managers with one-on-one sessions with an executive coach to help them develop effective people management skills.

Facebook’s FLiP (Facebook Leadership in Practice) program also receives rave reviews. The FLiP program goes deep into leadership best practices, case studies, team-building and coaching circle exercises where rising leaders receive feedback and coaching from their peers and Facebook executive team members.

Finally, Facebook’s nationally recognized Managing Unconscious Bias program trains employees to acknowledge bias in the workplace and build productive working relationships with co-workers. Facebook successfully uses L&D to create a culture that puts people first, and fosters employee engagement, collaborative relationships and continual learning."

Source: Medium


"Coinbase has adopted Facebook’s coaching circles model, implemented Code School on Fridays and is exploring partnerships with Udemy in order to offer employees a variety of valuable on-demand courses. Coinbase’s goal is to empower employees and promote employee learning and continual personal development even when the company is in startup mode."

Source: Medium

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