Induction wins shortlisting for Farmfoods and Sponge

Posted on Oct 26, 2015

An induction programme by Farmfoods that not only welcomes new employees to the company but helps to identify potential managers has been shortlisted for a top award by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI).

The frozen food retailer worked with elearning provider, Sponge to develop the new blended induction programme which includes multi-device elearning modules supported with on-the-job training and printed workbooks. 

Crucially, all employees are able to progress through the training up to branch manager level, no matter their job title.

This innovative approach is helping Farmfoods to retain staff, identify talent and promote from within the company.  

The training has been shortlisted in the LPI’s Learning Awards 2016 in the category of Onboarding Programme of the Year.  

Ronnie Morgan, Head of Training and Development at Farmfoods, said:

“We are delighted to be shortlisted particularly given the high standard and number of entries for this year.  We’ve already started to see the benefits of our new onboarding programme which has not just enhanced our staff training but is helping us nurture our talent for the future.”

Farmfoods is the second biggest frozen food retailer in the UK and one of the fastest growing food retailers in 2014 with 35% sales growth for the year.

The company launched the new induction training in January this year. More than 3,500 staff throughout the UK have already completed it.

Louise Pasterfield, Managing Director of Sponge, said:

“Farmfoods have embraced innovative ideas in their onboarding programme and used learning technologies to their full advantage to deliver benefits to the business. We worked really closely with the company to understand their needs and develop relevant and engaging scenarios that would help employees get the most out of the training.”

Sponge used the responsive framework Adapt to create the elearning so employees can access the training via smartphones and tablets.

The Learning Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Dorchester hotel in London's Park Lane on Thursday, February 4, 2016.  

Monthly newsletter

Join 1000s of learning professionals who receive the latest inspired learning news from Sponge

You may also be interested in View all insights

Stay cybersafe during the coronavirus outbreak with FREE online learning from Sponge

Sponge launches FREE cybersecurity training to help individuals, employees and businesses stay cybersafe during the coronavirus outbreak as cyber criminals seek to exploit individuals and home workers via COVID-19 related online scams.

Read more

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Sponge make handwashing game available to all for free

NHS guidance states that ‘washing hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from the spread of infection’. The game raises awareness and promotes the use of correct techniques for handwashing.

Read more

Sponge and Bolt get seriously creative at Learning Technologies 2020

Sponge joined by sister company Bolt on Stand K50 at #LT20UK

Read more
Related to:

Elearning