The Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) and Australian Publishers Association (APA) have agreed a deal to license content from the IPG’s Skills Hub to publishers in Australia.
The agreement will see members of staff at every APA member receive free access to the portal of training resources.
The IPG launched the Skills Hub in early 2017 to provide independent publishers in the UK and Ireland with access to high-quality training material, including full-length courses in key disciplines like publicity and financial management, bite-sized tips for effective publishing, masterclasses from successful companies, directories, glossaries and other useful resources.
The Skills Hub was shortlisted for the title of Best eLearning / Online Education Service at last year’s UK Association Awards.
Making the platform available to members continues the commitment of the IPG and APA to helping members develop their staff and also extends a close relationship between the two publishing organisations.
IPG chief executive Bridget Shine said: “We are really pleased to be able to share our Skills Hub with Australian publishers through the APA. The Hub’s training resources have already made a huge difference to independent publishers in the UK, and we hope they will be just as beneficial to the professional development of our friends in Australian publishing.”
APA chief executive Michael Gordon-Smith said: “This partnership with the IPG is really good news for our members. The APA strives to make doing business easier for Australian publishers, and we hope all our members will take advantage of this free access to the Skills Hub to improve the skills and knowledge of their teams.”