Brightwave and Samaritans take home GOLD at the Learning Awards – Learning Solution of the Year!

Wellbeing in the City – the outstanding learning tool developed by Brightwave for Samaritans – won GOLD at the Learning Awards last night in the External Learning Solution of the Year Category.

In a ceremony attended by 400 guests and finalists representing the cream of the UK’s L&D community, Brightwave’s Director of Design Caroline Freeman and Client Director Analyn Pelayre accepted the award on behalf of Brightwave and Samaritans from Strictly Come Dancing‘s Claudia Winkleman.

Organised by the Learning and Performance Institute, the External Learning Solution of the Year award is hotly contested and presented to a learning provider that has undertaken a major learning and development project that is innovative in concept and produced demonstrable performance improvement for the client.

Wellbeing in the City uses emotionally engaging interactive video to share Samaritans’ 65 years of active listening experience and create workplaces where employees feel supported and no one has to cope alone.

The result is an interactive video Tool with a user interface so intuitive that it did not distract from the immersive and emotive narrative. Designing the Tool was an exercise in removing many of the traditional instructional cues used to present e-learning courseware – elevating the learner experience to an impressive new level.

The Learning Award judges said:

‘The team carefully approached the design of the Tool and the content, understanding the breadth of audience and the complexity of tackling mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. They have achieved artful simplicity in the Tool, and real emotional connection with the narrative and scenarios. And the results so far clearly evidence that they got the balance right.

Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said:

‘There’s a real feeling at the moment that mental and emotional health is being discussed and taken more seriously. People understand the importance of helping their staff through difficult times. Wellbeing in the City gives businesses the tools to do that – a practical route to a more supportive workplace.’

The Learning Solution of the Year Award marks an exceptional award season for Brightwave, who previously won Gold for Compliance at the Learning Technologies Awards and the Best Immersive Learning Award at DevLearn in Las Vegas.

To see the Learning Solution of the Year in action visit our stand at Learning Technologies 2019 next week.

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