“A lot of people think working in the pension sector is a bit boring.” Leon starts. “But in our working field things are changing very quickly, and every day newspapers publish stories that influence our jobs. That is what makes it so interesting and fun!”
So, it’s an industry with rules that often change. That makes the work diverse, but makes it very important to stay up to date. And that’s where SPO, as trainer in this sector, comes in. They are one of few pension training facilities in the Netherlands, which means almost all employees and employers in this sector have to deal with them sooner or later.
Recently SPO switched from their own e-learning system to aNewSpring. Leon Kurvers (exam manager) and Gaby Mol (education advisor) at SPO talk about their choices and experiences.
A well-thought-out choice
SPO worked with their own e-learning system for 10 years which they developed themselves. “It was a very traditional system, we only had the option to show questions and documents. The system didn’t provide us what we needed anymore, and it cost us a lot of time and money to keep it running as well. Thats why we decided to find another solution.”
According to Leon and Gaby an extended reflection and inventarisation was what followed. “We asked ouselves: What do we really want? We didn’t wat to make any hurried decisions, but search for the right solution that worked best for us.”
SPO went back to basics by defining a new educational vision that centralized the blended learning principle. After that they researched which solutions matched this vision. From a long list with 20 systems a shortlist was made, and eventually the choice for aNewSpring.
“aNewSpring stood out quickly, mainly because of their explicit focus on technique. That’s exactly what we need. Also on a visionary level and the way we do business we’re a good match, that’s why we chose aNewSpring.”
Developing content is hard work
After this decision was made it was time to develop the first product. “Well, we really had a ‘what now?’ moment then”, said Leon. “You just don’t know where to start, there’s so much stuff to do. You want to get to know the platform, develop content, fill in courses, you name it. Luckily we got a lot of help from the Support team.”
“We definitely thought developing content would be easier.” says Gaby. “Beforehand we didn’t know it would be that much work! And we had a deadline, so it was tricky to get everything done in time. But we did made it, and are very proud of that.”
Luckily Leon also sees the positive side of all the hard work. “If we hadn’t had to work that hard, we wouldn’t have known that much of the platform right now!” he laughs. “And for us content is the most important. That is our responsibility and everything has to be 100% right, so it’s definitely worth it to put a lot of time and effort into it.”