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PepsiCo UK savours e-learning programme

PepsiCo UK today announced that it is partnering with Thomson NETg to provide employees throughout the UK with e-learning in desktop IT skills, including the European Computer Driving License (ECDL).

The PepsiCo UK learning programme has been implemented to increase IT literacy across the company with the aim of driving business efficiency and productivity.

The Thomson NETg courses will be accessible to all employees within PepsiCo UK, which incorporates Walkers Snack Foods, PepsiCo Beverages International, Tropicana and Quaker Foods, via Thomson NETg's hosted learning service, NETgLearning.com.

The programme is being launched on Learning at Work day using pamphlets, posters, email, taster sessions and a quiz to encourage employees to log-on and learn.

"We've historically used a combination of instructor-led training and drop-in IT Training Clinics to teach our employees core IT skills, however with sites all over the UK, this is an expensive process as well as being a huge logistical problem," commented Gill Haggarty, IT Personal Productivity Manager at PepsiCo UK.

"We decided to implement e-Learning to compliment our current offerings and introduce a more cost-effective and flexible self-service model so people could take control of their own learning paths and learn at a time convenient for them.

"We chose Thomson NETg's hosted learning service as it means we can roll out consistent learning simultaneously across all our sites, with minimum impact on our own IT and training resources. We now have a highly accessible and flexible learning solution that will provide learning-on-demand to help us to improve IT literacy and increase employee performance, which will in turn help to drive company growth."

Thomson NETg is working in partnership with PepsiCo UK to customise NETgLearning.com, with the PepsiCo branding. All employees who have access to a PC with an internet connection can log onto the site to carry out training. This means learning can be undertaken at the desktop and employees can continue training at home.

PepsiCo UK will roll out Thomson NETg's learning to employees in stages, beginning with the 500 people based at the organisation's Head Office in Theale. The learning will then be launched at monthly intervals at PepsiCo UK's eight manufacturing sites and main distribution sites throughout the UK.

Courses available to employees include the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) and a range of courses from the Microsoft Office 2000 suite such as Microsoft Word 2000 Proficient User, Microsoft Excel 2000 Proficient User and Microsoft Project Management Fundamentals. The courses can be accessed via CD-ROM as well as via NETgLearning.com. Course usage is tracked and measured using Thomson NETg's Management Tool.

"The Thomson NETg courses are first-rate and I am confident that employees will relish the flexibility the e-Learning courses offer, and learn even more ffectively, "commented Gill Haggarty. "The courses are easy to navigate and employees have the benefit of being able to go back to a course to refresh existing skills. Our employees also have the opportunity to seek the ECDL qualification which is now recognised as the industry standard for IT skills."

NETgLearning.com will form part of PepsiCo UK's blended learning solution - in addition to the current offering of instructor-led training and Training Clinics and IT Roadshows. PepsiCo UK has IT Training Clinics or stages IT Roadshows every six weeks across its sites and will use these to promote NETgLearning.com and to provide additional support.

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