Are: More effective and flexible employee induction through digital learning


Are is Finland’s largest building services company. Are offers life-cycle building services contracting and property maintenance services that ensure customers have energy-efficient premises and pleasant indoor conditions. Are Group employs approximately 3,200 people all over Finland, Sweden and also in St Petersburg, Russia.

Are needed flexible new solutions to complement their existing channels for employee induction and competence development. They wanted to introduce digital learning solutions to make it easier to train their field personnel effectively, independent of time and place.

Employee induction goes mobile

Most of Are’s employees are installation personnel, working on client projects and on building sites, where learning needs to be accessible via mobile devices. Are also wanted to enrich their employee induction and competence development with blended solutions and different learning methods. One of their goals was to be able to easily monitor progress and completion of mandatory and shared training modules. The introduction of digital learning was part of Are’s blended competence development approach, where a wide range of channels and methods are used for best results.

Are was looking for a solution that would allow them to handle employee induction and competence development through mobile devices anywhere in Finland and serve their business needs effectively.

”We assessed the learning management systems and e-learning authoring tools available in the market, and found that MPS Prewise’s Gimlet learning environment was the best match for our needs,” says Are Group’s HRD Manager Päivi Lyly.

Digital learning is now part of everyday life at Are

The response to digital learning solutions has been enthusiastic and they have quickly become part of everyday life and competence development at Are. ”Right from the beginning, we were able to engage our personnel in creating and testing the learning content, so creating digital learning became a shared project. The technical deployment was smooth, and the number of course completions and new e-learning courses is continuously rising,” reports Päivi Lyly.

Throughout, the collaboration between Are and MPS Prewise has been very active. MPS Prewise’s Jari Mäkelä explains: ”During the deployment, our collaboration was smooth and efficient, and a productive dialogue with Are has continued after the initial project. Are has had crystal clear goals that have made it easy for us to support them on their journey.”

”We have received favourable feedback from our personnel for the easy-to-use learning environment and the concise e-learning content that is well-suited for learning in the flow of work. We deployed the new tools in phases and took care to involve managers and supervisors in the deployment to make sure that our 2,900 end users – our entire personnel in Finland – would be well supported,” summarizes Päivi Lyly.

Below are a few examples of Are Oy's own online courses with the Gimlet Composer Tool.

Read Are’s own account of their success in Are’s HRD Manager Päivi Lyly’s blog post: Do you want to read Are's e-learning story?

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