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UKFast grows company with iPods and orienteering

Article date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 15:35 GMT

UKFast uses iPods in its new training programme

As a rapidly growing hosting provider, UKFast has created a new formula for staff training and development, involving iPods and orienteering. The combination is intended to fast track new starters into the company culture in a fresh and innovative way.

In looking to double staff numbers this year from 50 to 100, UKFast's directors have combined a hands-on induction schedule with a series of training videos to educate new employees on company procedures.

A 4GB iPod Nano is pre-loaded with recorded sessions for each new employee. Some videos, created by UKFast's film production department, relate to specific job roles, while others offer general advice on systems or focus on team events.

Managing director Lawrence Jones believes that inspiring staff is crucial for productivity: “We're employing a large number of people in a short timeframe and need them to understand and be motivated by the company culture from day one. The iPods are the first step and we are following this up with team building on a scale that others might consider ludicrous!”

Jones has purchased facilities in North Wales which allow him to accommodate 30 people at a time. The £1m property features large, peaceful grounds and a 90 acre lake in its location at the foot of Mount Snowdon – an idyllic setting for skills training and outbound team bonding exercises.

“People are the most important ingredient in any company,” said Jones. “I want to invest in my staff and inspire them to success. No price is too high to pay for a loyal and dedicated team environment.”

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