Thomas Engelbertz, CEO
Although modern-day businesses are successful in building global teams, they fail to unlock the full potential of their HR. This happens primarily because of the barriers in language, culture, and communication. Fortunately, companies can overcome this challenge by partnering with a corporate employee training company to unlock the diversity dividend by up-skilling a diverse and distributed workforce. Addressing this need is Learnship, a leading provider of online Business language and intercultural training for global companies. “Learnship was founded over a decade ago in Cologne, Germany, with a simple ambition: to provide language learning solutions that actually meet global enterprises’ requirements for flexibility, content quality, and skills relevance” mentions Thomas Engelbertz, CEO of Learnship. “We pioneered online face-to-face business language training with a unique digital platform and pedagogy—and have now grown into the largest provider of online self-paced, blended, and trainer-led language and intercultural communications learning services”.
Learnship comes with a unique, data-driven, contextual approach to language and cross-cultural skills development that delivers faster proficiency improvement and measurable outcomes. This approach led them to the elaboration of an innovative learning format called Precision Learning format, which is delivered as a learning solution: Sprint. The solution is a blended learning course combining digital pre-work and trainer-led sessions in an inverted classroom approach that favors live interactions, accelerates up-skilling, and maximizes ROI. Sprint courses are carefully designed and mapped out—with predefined skills and taxonomy of measurable outcomes to reach each week, allowing for real-time, reliable monitoring of the learners’ progress through precise data. As the solution leverages advanced software and AI capabilities, Learnship can now predict and track disengagement, optimize training costs for companies, personalize learning even more for users, and monitor and analyze large amounts of data to continuously improve overall quality.
Prior to launching a program for a client, Learnship conducts a comprehensive survey to better understand the needs, expectations, and profiles of the learners, their managers, the program owners, and company directors. After noting the requirements, the company comes up with a tailor-made action plan.
Learnship’s product portfolio covers all international organizations’ needs for skills that contribute to breaking down intercultural and language barriers, including a range of on-the-job tools, and language courses focused on business-relevant skills, such as cross-cultural negotiation, working in virtual teams, global project management, presenting across cultures, and more.
A decade ago, we pioneered online face-to-face business language training with a unique digital platform and pedagogy. Today, we have grown into the largest provider of online self-paced, blended, and trainer-led language and intercultural communications learning services
More importantly, these products are built within the company’s unique Learnship Halo platform, which is a one-stop-shop for all learners. From a single platform, learners can onboard their courses, access their assessments, digital activities, group sessions, trainer-led classes, and more, depending on their customized options. A personal dashboard allows them to track their progress and schedule their training accordingly. Learnship’s courses and technology enable organizations to monitor learners’ progress and effectively predict learner outcomes. The company also carries out regular reviews to precisely qualify and calculate its contribution to the client’s business and optimize learning plans.
Halo is Learnship’s gateway for program owners too. From Halo, L&D professionals can single-handedly drive and monitor all their learners’ journey worldwide. They can monitor their main KPIs (such as global learner distribution, learning hours, activities completed, and more), download detailed reports, and manage multilevel access for their teams.
In one instance, Learnship partnered with Salesforce to prepare its future leaders in technology, marketing, and product teams. As part of the CommPetence global initiative, aimed to improve the communication skills of Salesforce’s employees, Learnship provided access to their Learnship Solo language e-learning program, combined with individual coach-led virtual sessions. More than 90 percent of learners said their language learning program had enhanced their business communication skills, and trainer-led sessions received a star rating. In addition, an internal survey revealed that each learner now saves about 3.8 hours per week due to improved communications skills. After evaluating learners’ results and taking feedback from their line managers, Salesforce decided to extend the partnership to provide courses for senior-level managers. More recently, Learnship has been awarded a Brandon Hall Award for its partnership with Salesforce.
Such success stories stem from Learnship’s holistic approach in helping its clients achieve better corporate goals through better language skills and improved intercultural competence. The company is uniquely positioned for further growth both in more than 40 current markets and beyond. Over the next year, Learnship plans to strengthen its markets in India, the USA, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Learnship also plans to expand its product portfolio further and its longer vision is to build the capabilities to assess each corporate learner based on a target skills profile, identify the gap, and deliver a precision-tailored learning path focused on the skills required.