3M outsources UK education to Star

July 2004
IT Training;Jul/Aug2004, p7
Trade Publication
Technology company 3M has outsourced its learning and development operation in Great Britain to improve the quality of the training it offers to staff, and to cut costs. "We expect that single source supply will improve efficiency and reduce costs in all our training activities," said Ian Walton, human resources development manager at 3M, and the leader of the Six Sigma project. Star Consulting will manage IT, soft-skills, and management training for around 3,000 3M staff. Star will supply some of the training itself, and will also use external suppliers, depending on the type and scale of the demand. The supplier will cut costs by buying larger volumes of training, and will also help 3M to keep a closer eye on what training is needed. People were going to all these different companies on an ad hoc basis. They weren't focusing their spending power, and they weren't controlling their money properly. This gives them a centralized way of being able to report on what training they have done.


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