|By RealWire News Distribution||
|December 14, 2013 01:09 AM EST||
Workforce development and greater business agility will be a major priority for 2014
Munich - Friday 13th December 2013 - Speexx, the award-winning leader in online corporate language training, has confirmed that this year's Speexx Exchange attracted 450 attendees across four European capital cities. The annual e-learning and talent management forum provides delegates with an exclusive opportunity to hear about the latest HR and L&D trends from industry experts and to discuss how new learning techniques can best be employed to meet the needs of the modern learner.
Now in its third year, Speexx Exchange took place in Paris, Madrid, Rome and Berlin, offering global HR and L&D Managers of multinational businesses and keynote speakers the chance to network and share best practice for workforce learning. Delegates from over 25 countries joined this year, representing global organisations such as Marriott International, Bulgari, Brückner Group, ALSTOM, SGS, Saint-Gobain, Generali, UniCredit, E.ON, Volkswagen and many more.
Armin Hopp, Founder and President at Speexx, comments, "The role of HR and L&D professionals is ever-evolving and the need to align workforce skills and business goals is becoming more and more critical. That's why each year, Speexx Exchange brings together industry experts from all over the world to talk about what's driving change in their organisation and how to deal with their daily challenges."
In parallel to the conference, Speexx audited participants before, during and after the event as part of the Speexx Exchange Survey. The audit captured the key challenges for 2013 and attitudes of global organisations towards current L&D trends. A full report will be released in early 2014. A live survey at the Berlin event presented some interesting findings:
52 percent of delegates cited "flexibility and instant accessibility" as the top advantage offered by e-learning; only 13.6 percent said that e-learning helped to "reduce direct training costs"
By contrast, 41 percent of delegates said that their organisations were not fully structured to support mobile learning and 46 percent invested less than a tenth of their training budget in e-learning programmes
25 percent of those attending the conference have switched to a cloud-based platform; while 17.5 percent of organisations still used a local LMS which implies that many departments may still be working in silos
The vast majority of delegates (85 percent) felt that social learning will become effective in their organization by 2016 which underlines the potential of informal learning for effective workforce development.
Hopp adds, "The need for collaboration with a common language must become an integral consideration in improving business performance and profitability. Speexx Exchange continues to demonstrate that investing in the right people and cultivating a culture of open communication in the workplace is a winning ticket for all. "
Attendees confirmed that they were extremely impressed by the diverse blend of speakers and regarded Speexx Exchange as a highly valuable networking and learning opportunity. Highlights, pictures and quotes can be found on the official Speexx Exchange website and via the Speexx Exchange Blog, as well as on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Tweets from the event can also be viewed by visiting #SpeexxExchange.
Speexx helps large organisations everywhere to drive productivity by empowering employee communication skills across borders. Speexx offers an award-winning range of cloud-based online language learning solutions for Business English, Spanish, German, Italian and French with ongoing support in 13 languages. Speexx is easy to use and scales to the needs of users and training managers in organizations of any size. The Speexx branded Perfect Blend integrates online business communication skills training, mobile and social learning, expert coaches located throughout the world and personalized live online activities into one fully standardized, globally consistent learning experience. More than 7 million users in 1,500 organizations - including Ericsson, ArcelorMittal, UNHCR and Credit Suisse - use Speexx to learn a language smarter and deliver results on time. Speexx was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Munich, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Sao Paulo and Shanghai. For more information, visit www.speexx.com.