WADDESDON NATIONAL TRUST - A ROTHSCHILD HOUSE & GARDENS

Project: Totara Learning Management System

The Company

Waddesdon was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 19th century, west of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Now managed by the Rothschild Foundation, on behalf of the National Trust, the property regularly sees in excess of 466,000 visitors a, year.

The Challenge

Project: LMS Platform & Off the Shelf Course Catalogue

The training team at Waddesdon needed a reliable Learning Management System to provide easy to access online training to its permanent, seasonal and associate staff.

Prior to 2020, their online learning was provided by Litmos Heroes, however the experience had proved challenging and their costs were about to rise significantly. Reaching out to Cortexa we began a series of meetings to establish core needs and to explore the various options.

Key Factors:-

  • Reliable online access both via desktop and across mobile devices
  • Easy to navigate site with an uncluttered interface and tailored course catalogue
  • Basic but dependable reporting system with email prompts for annual course reminders
  • Simple back office administration to manage course allocation and staff changes

The Solution

After review, the Waddesdon project team selected a Moodle based LMS platform. This was considered to offer the best blend of functionality, intuitive interface and simplicity of management. It was also appealing as it would offer an easy, low-cost transition to the more complex Totara solution in the future.

The Result

In January 2020 the new Waddesdon LMS was launched and responses are all very positive. They are expecting around 250 staff to access the site annually and plan to offer additional course content as the need arises.

Eloize Ridgeway – Health, Safety and Access Manager said, “As a charity we’re always looking for great value, but we need our online training to be a beneficial asset and not a technical challenge. Cortexa has and continues to provide invaluable guidance and support, a refreshing and welcome change.”