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Saba helps BAA meet airport safety regulations

Airport company BAA has implemented Saba's Enterprise Learning Suite across seven major UK airports to help the organisation maintain safety standards, meet complex aviator regulations and ensure successful airport operations. Since the rollout, Saba has managed 2.5 million employee entries.

Once a year, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) audits BAA against strict competency standards for rescue and firefighting personnel. The standards provide a detailed role-map with 12 different competencies that are to be met by all personnel - from firefighters to station commanders. The CAA also mandates quarterly assessments throughout the year, which require audits and extensive records for all competencies. If BAA fails to comply, the CAA has the power to close any given airport at any given time, which could severely disrupt BAA's yearly management of 127 million passengers in the UK.

BAA required a transparent training solution that provided a systematic method of managing delivery of all training, while at the same time constantly assessing the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills and accredited competencies. BAA chose Saba Enterprise Learning for its scalability, ease of use, speed of reporting, and compatibility with existing IT infrastructure.

BAA employees, including firefighters, are able to get direct access to the system at any given time via airport workstations. As David Whittington, Fire Service Group Training Manager explains, "The firefighters typically need to log on to check records, determine when upcoming assessments are due, and begin preparing for them."

Saba Enterprise Learning enables BAA to manage and monitor every aspect of UK-wide training from one desktop. "Meeting data management and reporting requirements is a challenging task and Saba Enterprise Learning enables BAA to ensure our fire service teams comply with best practice," said Whittington. Without systems like Saba Enterprise Learning, it would be all the more difficult to ensure data management and reporting requirements are met."

"The need to meet complex regulatory compliance and reporting requirements are a critical element driving the broad adoption of enterprise learning solutions today," said Bobby Yazdani, Saba chairman and CEO. "Saba is pleased to be able to support the requirements of BAA and further demonstrate the critical business value that Saba Enterprise Learning brings to leading organizations around the world."

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