The Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) is partnering with Thought Industries, a cloud-based online learning platform, to deliver online courses and professional skill development opportunities to its membership.
The new IPG Skills Hub will build on the IPG’s current online training packages and will add "significant" value for its members, a spokesperson said. Through the partnership, the IPG will be able to deliver self-paced, interactive and mobile-friendly e-learning modules from leading tutors, helping members sharpen their skills in publishing. Future learning modules will be determined by a survey of IPG members’ priorities.
Training and professional development were identified as among members’ most pressing concerns in the IPG’s Independent Publishing Report, and the Skills Hub will help to keep them fully trained and educated. The project is being funded by the Tim Rix Training Programme, an initiative set up in honour of the IPG’s late former president and renowned publisher, and will be available as part of members’ subscription fee.
IPG chief executive Bridget Shine said: “We are thrilled to be opening up new educational opportunities for our members to make their businesses even better, and excited to be working with Thought Industries to help us provide accessible, user-friendly and engaging learning experiences. We are really looking forward to launching our first modules.”
Doug Murphy, president of Thought Industries, added: “Associations and member-based organisations are well positioned to leverage their subject-matter expertise in order to promote online education and training opportunities. We’re excited to see the IPG take an innovative approach to enhancing its membership offerings through online learning and are looking forward to a long-term and successful partnership.”