Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer, not only excels in the exploitation of wind energy, but also in e-learning. Financial daily newspaper Børsen reports that the company will receive two awards for its e-learning system at the Bersin Awards 2009, which is comparable with Oscars in the film industry.
Vestas will receive the award as Learning Leader in the Initiative Excellence category as well as The Best of the Best in Learning among all the prize-winners. The Bersin Awards 2009 will be held in Florida, USA, in April.
The awards are being given to Vestas because of its e-learning system, which introduces all newly appointed staff to the company, its values and the various job functions the staff are employed to carry out. The system has been developed in collaboration with the Danish e-learning company Effective-Learning, which is proud to have laid some of the building blocks for the digital learning system.
Effective-Learning MD Kevin Terkelsen comments: "A sizeable part of the honour must however be ascribed to Vestas, since they constantly focus on very high quality in the development of the system."
Peter Christensen, programme manager for e-learning at Vestas says the company seriously put the e-learning strategy on its agenda a couple of years ago, initially for selected staff groups, but since last summer for all new staff.
"We have created the programme a bit like a cartoon or computer game in order to be able to speak to staff at eye level, but also because it is simple and so cost-saving to maintain", says Christensen, adding that Vestas has outlined 64 learning objectives, which are continuously checked to see whether they are met.
Vestas is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs 17,000 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 35,500 wind turbines in 63 countries on five continents, and has a 23% share of the world market. The company's forecast for 2008 is a 25% worldwide market share and a turnover of EUR 5,700m (USD 7,152m).