Q. What are the similarities of the journeys between?

8-bit > 16-bit > Cartridge > CD-ROM > Download > Streaming and spooled film > VHS > DVD > BLU-RAY > Streaming

A. they are all evolving formats which in their time delivered content to an audience with the latest technology that was being used. Let’s take an example, Jaws.

Cinematic release 26th December 1975 > VHS in in June 1976 > DVD 2004 > BLU RAY 2013 > Streaming from 2016

The purpose is the same. To show you the movie spectacle, but how it is consumed changes whilst the material is still owned by the studio.

Yet, in education we haven’t quite yet jumped the chasm to streaming. Sure, we now use cloud-based software, but the point of streaming is not just the instant access, but the choice.

Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify – you are able to consume what you want to consume in an instant.

Here at EAL, that got us thinking. What if we could create a service that allows all this great content for teaching and learning from multiple providers to be housed in one place, which is accessible and searchable. Why shouldn’t we create the ‘streaming Service’ of digital learning for the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector. That continues to grow with relevant and reliable content, that’s trustworthy and of value for you and your learners.

We accepted this challenge and are now pleased to announce the early access release of Engineering Talent.

Engineering Talent sources reliable and trusted content which then we at EAL through dedicated curators map the content to the qualifications you offer. We deliver this validated resource straight onto the screen from a multiple supplier. These certified training resources are all housed together all in one place from the leading suppliers of online learning materials such as Electude and The Learning Lounge.

So rather than you having to manually source independent systems for useful resources; the library is already pre-populated with relevant content that will continually evolve to suit your engineering delivery needs.

Its intuitive in its design as our expectations continue to evolve, we all want and expect personalised content suitable to our needs.

Engineering Talent has been constructed to behave just like these ever-popular streaming services, creating an intuitive personalisation of a learners' home screen, suited to their programme of study and their video history. It’s easy to navigate with relevant content and continually accessible and not only do we curate resources for specialisms in engineering, but there are useful generic resources for learners to enhance their skills along their learning journey, from employability to dedicated materials to support the safeguarding and prevent agenda.

And what's more, candidates can rate all the content provided within the system, so you and EAL curators can continually check that the resources are of use and up to date.

We wanted to ensure it was customisable to your needs too. So we built a feature for you to be able to find your own content too!

If you already have relevant content you use, then why not add it to your library? If you come across further suitable content outside of what is already in the library, you can upload it into the system and push it towards particular groups of learners by simply tagging them and the learning modules it suits.

We have made it easy to group learners and tag resources to make sure the right materials are being accessed by the right individuals. Multiple groups can be created to suit learning programmes, start dates, locations, tutor groups and much more.

And finally, we wanted to give learners the best potential chance to become the engineers they are striving to be.

We've ensured that they can do this directly within Engineering Talent. We've embedded the UK's leading apprenticeship Talent Portal into the platform.

Whether you are looking to attract the brightest talent or want to assist those with a keen interest in engineering, there are thousands of potential applicants within the system to connect with who have already highlighted their interest in the sector.

The Talent Portal can also assist in the opportunity of helping learners to find that dream job.

This early release programme is now underway and open to those who complete qualifications with us in Electrotechnical. To register your interest in becoming one of the earliest adopters of the learning evolution please call 0845 643 9001 or email us customer.care@eal.org.uk

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