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Virtual College Overview

Ilkley, England (UK)
51 to 200 employees
1995
Company - Private
Education Training Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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Founded in 1995, today Virtual College has over 3 million registered online learners and this is growing at a rate of over 1,500 a day, across both public and private sectors. The company has developed a comprehensive product range, including over 300 online courses, accessed ... Read more

Mission: One team, one Virtual College, one Mission:

"To enrich and advance the world of digital vocational learning -
inspiring learning for all!"

Our vision is to achieve "20 million ... Read more

Virtual College Reviews

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  • "A company that has bounced back from dark times"

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    I have been working at Virtual College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have been working at Virtual College for nearly 6 years now and throughout that time I have witnessed countless people come and go and have been through umpteen restructures. We have a fairly relaxed culture here where most people come to work in a "smart-casual" dress code. We are updated on the company's activity and business ventures on a weekly basis and have regular team meetings. In addition to that, we have a team that organises special events for us such as Christmas parties, Halloween parties and summer BBQs; things that some people can only dream of having at their workplaces. To put it briefly, we are a company that likes to work hard and play hard! All of this, as well as other benefits, is what makes Virtual College the company that it is today where staff look out for one another and strive to meet their objectives. Take care of your employees and they will take care of the clients.

    Cons

    I give credit where credit is due, but Virtual College has definitely been through some rough patches in its time. Communication wasn't always up to scratch and departments were very disconnected from one another. Further training wasn't always provided for staff; it took me 18 months to be fully trained for my job role despite asking time and time again for further training which is quite ironic considering that we're an online training company. Some members of staff - myself included - felt that their work wasn't appreciated and that their concerns were simply falling on deaf ears. At that time, it wasn't about what you knew, but about who you knew; a kind of "all staff are equal, but some staff are more equal than others" sort of place. A generally unhappy and sour atmosphere was felt in my department where bullying, sniping, cattiness and talking behind one's back was commonplace. However, the staff have spoken and the Leadership Team have rolled up their sleeves and have responded with action instead of just words. My only wish is that all of this could have been done much sooner, but, hey, better late than never, I suppose. Please note that this is a review based on my full time here at Virtual College and so please don't be put off by my negative past experiences. The Virtual College of today is a place where I am proud to work and despite all of the bad memories I do have some very good memories here as well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to us, keep believing in us and keep your sleeves rolled up!

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Virtual College Photos

Virtual College photo of: Celebrating achieving our 3 million learners on the iconic Ilkley Moor - only a 10 minute walk away from our offices!
Virtual College photo of: Staff attending our internal "Curiosity" programme to promote self-directed learning in the workplace.
Virtual College photo of: Staff attending our internal "Curiosity" programme to promote self-directed learning in the workplace.
Virtual College photo of: Staff attending our internal "Curiosity" programme to promote self-directed learning in the workplace.
Virtual College photo of: Staff attending our internal "Curiosity" programme to promote self-directed learning in the workplace.
Virtual College photo of: Staff attending our internal "Curiosity" programme to promote self-directed learning in the workplace.
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Virtual College Interviews

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    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ilkley, England (UK)
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Virtual College (Ilkley, England (UK)) in August 2012.

    Interview

    Submitted CV/ cover letter online.
    Initial interview - asked to prepare a short presentation on one of the company departments/ product offerings, 2 interviewers on the panel.
    2nd interview - asked to prepare a 2nd presentation, more complex in nature, highlighting how I would approach the first few months in post if successful, 1 interviewer

    Interview Questions

    • Presentation followed by run through CV/ education/ employment history and traditional competency based questions interview questions.   Answer Question
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Virtual College Awards & Accolades

  • Medilink Y & H Partnership with the NHS Award, Medilink, 2010
  • Medilink Y & H Partnership with the NHS Award, Medilink, 2010
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