Chief Learning Officer – LearningElite 2013

Chief Learning Officer Magazine today released the final results of its LearningElite Awards for 2013

So today I want to congratulate my team and all of the people involved in our securing a spot as one of the 45 finalists this year for a field of more than 200 organisations.  Here is the press release from CLO Magazine;




UnitingCare Community Recognized as a LearningElite Organization

Chief Learning Officer magazine’s LearningElite and Editor’s Choice Awards Presented at Gala

Austin, Texas — UnitingCare Community was presented with a 2013 LearningElite award from Chief Learning Officer magazine at a gala dinner held at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. UnitingCare Community was ranked No. 41 in the competition from a field of more than 200 companies.

Developed under the guidance of chief learning officers and senior workforce development practitioners, the CLO LearningElite is the only peer-based benchmarking initiative in the industry. This pioneering program utilizes best practices in evaluation to objectively assess both the scope and the value of the learning and development services that companies provide. It recognizes excellence in five key L&D performance indicators: learning strategy, learning impact, leadership commitment, learning execution and business performance results.

“In our third year of benchmarking workforce learning and development practices, competition was intense. The organizations that achieved LearningElite status stood out as true innovators in enterprise education — noteworthy for their unswerving commitment to deploying elite L&D practices that deliver measurable business value,” said Sarah Kimmel, director of research and advisory services for the Human Capital Media Advisory Group, a component of the magazine’s publisher, MediaTec Publishing.

“The LearningElite’s incisive analysis yields solid data that validates the impact these organizations’ learning initiatives have on productivity, engagement, innovation and, ultimately, business results.”

“Chief Learning Officer is proud to recognize organizations such as UnitingCare Community that make learning and development a key part of their business strategy as well as their culture,“ said Norm Kamikow, president and editor in chief of MediaTec and its Human Capital Media Group. “This level of commitment is what enables enterprises to build and maintain high-performing workforces with the competencies, capabilities and leadership skills to carry out the company’s mission and achieve its goals.”

For more information about the LearningElite, visit

So we came in number 41 out of the field, which I think is fantastic, why, well, 18 months ago the organisation didn’t have a formal learning and development unit and we would not have been even able to articulate a response to the questions which form the basis of the awards.

What the organisation did have was a vision and a commitment, and this is something I am truly grateful for, almost absolute and unwavering faith in myself and my team.  In the 18 months since I cam on board and the team was formed we have moved forward in leaps and bounds and come a long, long way.  There is still a heap of work to be done however as we are not there yet, but we have the organisational commitment to Learning and a team of people who really are set to shine into the future.

So again I want to congratulate my team and most of all say thank.

You all deserve it.

About pauldrasmussen
Paul Rasmussen is one of Australia’s most widely read Vocational Education and Training Commentators. He provides deep, unbiased analysis and insights not only on topical issues, but also on the underlying structure and policy which supports the industry. His writing and analysis has been praised for its uncompromising and thought provoking style and its ability to focus on the issues of real importance to the sector. He has advised various government departments and ministers, training providers, public and private organisations, not for profits and small to medium enterprises on the VET sector and the issues and opportunities facing it. He is one of Australia’s most awarded learning professionals and a regular speaker at a range of conventions and forums. His extensive experience in vocational education, and learning and development coupled with formal qualifications in philosophy, ethics, business and education management allow Paul to provide a unique view of the road ahead and how to navigate it.

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