A Guernsey advertising and design agency is launching a new e-learning platform to help thousands of people across the Channel Islands undergo training in the new GDPR data protection law.
TPA has launched an e-learning division especially to deliver its new digital training package.
The new law, which will affect all companies in the islands, comes into force next spring.
Director Tony Tostevin said: “The impact of GDPR on business could be far reaching with what have been described as eye-watering fines for breaches of the new law. It is not just the preserve of data protection officers. All staff in local businesses, amounting to tens of thousands of employees in the islands, will need to be familiar with it.”
Leading the project is Sarah Levy, a Guernsey-born e-learning specialist who has returned to the island after nearly 20 years of designing digital training products for companies including Siemens, DHL, Thomson Reuters, BT and O2.
Sarah said: “Modern digital training has seen a significant move away from passive learning, reading text and clicking the next button to continue, to something highly engaging, contextualised and interactive, far more like a website.”
“Face-to-face training and seminars will always play an important part in training delivery but it is not always practical or cost-effective for employees to attend. Our e-learning courses enable all staff members to attend the training in their own time and at their own pace and to repeat it as many times as needed at work or even while travelling. There is a problem-based test at the end of each module which is a good way to assess what has been learned by each individual, identify any gaps in understanding and evidence that each employee has completed their training.”
Initially there will be two modules – one looking at the new law and the governance requirements of GDPR, the other a risk-based approach to the handling of customer data. There are plans to produce further modules addressing related topics such as encryption.
TPE has worked with experts including Data Protection & Information Commissioner Emma Martins, Grant Hamilton of BITS and Richard Field of Carey Olsen to building the training modules.
Find out more about the training here.