September 28, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Ecordia, previously known as NVQ Assist, a leading supplier of online learning and e-assessment systems, is now extending its capabilities to include, BTECs and University Diplomas as part of its e-based training portfolio.

Following the re-launch Ecordia has also been appointed as the supplier for the Open University's Vocational Qualification Assessment Centre, cementing the company's established reputation in the online training market place.

Matthew Seldon, Business Development Manager at Ecordia, comments: "The name highlights the company's recent expansion, Ecordia's portfolio now incorporating other areas aside from NVQs and Basic/Key Skills."

The percentage of people moving from paper-based to e-learning approaches has nearly doubled over the last 3 years*, however it is the key advantages of Ecordia which have earned the company a glowing reputation with key players in the training market.

Originally offering services within the care sector, Ecordia continues to use training professionals who have over 10 years experience in their field to develop the company's training system. This less technical approach to e-based learning sets Ecordia apart from other suppliers ensuring the system is significantly easier to use. Being able to learn online also ensures a reduction in time and cost with one current care training provider, using Ecordia to deliver care NVQs, reducing assessor travel expenses by 90%. These significant cost reductions would allow a typical work-based training provider to save between £5,000 to £10,000 per year (per cohort of 35 candidates): an appealing factor when combined with the positive testimonials from current Ecordia clients.

Una Lawson, Head of the Vocational Qualification Assessment Centre at The Open University, comments: "This is a logical step forward for our department and I was hugely impressed with the Ecordia system. With online delivery of vocational awards through Ecordia, we hope to continue to offer the highest standards of delivery."

Ecordia retains a broad base of clients and current figures support the company's success story with their average timely achievement rate of 94% contrasting sharply with a national average of 30%. Assessors also greatly benefit from the effective e-based system - one sample of 5 assessors, new to the system, were able to process 35 candidates and evaluate 73 items in one day.

Matthew Seldon comments: "In terms of time and cost Ecordia greatly enhances the learning environment, from both a candidate and assessor perspective. Candidates can learn at a pace and a time that is convenient for them and quicker assessment ensures they are more motivated and driven to succeed."

"This makes e-assessment with Ecordia a more attractive proposition for training providers on all levels, from NVQ vocationally-based training right through to University Diplomas.”

For further information on Ecordia please contact Matthew Seldon on 0845 838 0650, email:, Ecordia, 26 York Street, London, W1U 6PZ.


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Notes to Editors’:
North America saw an increase in e-learning from 15.3 per cent of training outputs to 29.1 per cent in 2006. This represented a doubling in the amount of online learning used over a three year period. A similar doubling in online learning was forecast by UK respondents, but the UK started from a much lower base. In 2004, e-learning accounted for just 8.7 per cent of training outputs in the UK. In 2005, this percentage increased to 12.9 per cent and to 16.4 per cent in 2006, with a further increase expected in 2007.
(Source: Online learning - source