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Innovation for Education and Training

TrainingToolz develops beautifully simple and effective online training toolkits that can be mastered in minutes.

We specialise in platforms that help organisations to create, distribute and evidence training and policy.

In addition to our own product brands for specific markets, we also work as technology providers for third parties who require white label solutions.

Technology

TrainingToolz:

The technology has been developed and deployed in the Education Technology sector for over a decade. It has enabled educational businesses to expand their training offering online, and hundreds of thousands of courses have been completed both in the UK and overseas.

In the past 24 months the technology has been opened out so that all organisations, from individual trainers to international groups, charities to trade organisations, can benefit from a simple and easy to use online training platform. Our customers and partners have been able to scale their businesses, expand their reach, and increase their revenue streams.

As a small, dynamic team we offer flexible technology that can be set up to fit the differing needs of our customers. Our platforms are all based on a subscription model so there are no big upfront costs, and no long term tie-ins.

We continue to innovate our platforms and technologies, opening up more opportunities for ourselves and our customers and partners.

Partnering with TrainingToolz

For organisations interested in a more in-depth relationship with our technology, we can offer a range of options including white label or co-branded interface design, systems integration, API and even stand alone, bespoke custom system instances.

Meet The Founders

Kirsty Collinson,
Chief Strategy Officer

Kirsty

Kirsty began her career as a serial entrepreneur as a Shell LiveWire finalist in the 1990s. Since then she has been behind a series of award-winning and highly successful website launches including www.gapwork.com and www.free-teaching-resources.co.uk. After receiving business angel funding for gapwork.com, Kirsty went on to buy out the investors three years later, and create an online publishing business that included a portfolio of advertising and subscription-driven websites in the travel and education sectors.

As well as her online publishing experience, Kirsty has had a business book published by Bloomsbury, a series of travel books published by Harper Collins and a range of children's books published by Random House. Her media profile includes work as a business columnist for the Sunday Express and the Yorkshire Post. She has won the Sunday Express Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and her portfolio of websites has resulted in awards including BETT finalist, best start-up business and best B2C website from Digital Yorkshire. Kirsty has been a finalist in, and judged, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

As CSO, Kirsty is responsible for business development and strategic partnerships.

“Kirsty is an intelligent, hard working and market aware woman. She is target and time driven, flexible, understands value as well as cost and is aware of the needs of her investors and customers. My investment with Kirsty ran exactly to schedule which is quite unusual. We had regular meetings and discussions which lead to decisions, and the company grew in line with its targets. When the company had sufficient financial strength the Management bought out the investors at a premium as per the original agreement. I would happily invest with her again.”
George Newton, Business Angel Investor

Ian Pringle,
Chief Technology Officer

Ian

Ian has worked with organisations of all sizes, ranging from France Telecom/Orange and Freeserve through to start-ups and SMEs. He has extensive experience in developing new technologies, cutting-edge software and communications innovation. With an MSc in Internet Application Development, he brings his knowledge and understanding of programming and software development to TrainingToolz, and co-ordinates a team of talented individuals to further evolve our technologies.

Having worked at CTO level since 2007, Ian is at the forefront of technology trends and innovations. His background in new uses and applications of technology, and his interest in the implications of how we all interact with tech, enriches his understanding of how technology can really add value for businesses and solve problems for users.

As CTO at TrainingToolz, Ian is responsible for the development and implementation of the platform, products and third party integrations.

Ian is passionate about tech start-ups, and acts as a non-executive director for a number of exciting new businesses.

"I recommend Ian without hesitation. Ian is extremely knowledgable and a highly skilled professional. He is extremely reliable, and like many passionate-about-technology-people, delivers beyond expectations. He is able to re-pose problems in ways that help to significantly advance thinking. He has initiative and a sensitivity to group dynamics that makes him an indispensable leader and team player when called upon to play these roles. Above all, he is a great guy to work with who has a great sense of humour. He also plays in a band which makes him pretty cool."
Norman Lewis, Innovation at PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited

The TrainingToolz Team

Working along side Kirsty and Ian is a team of highly skilled and experienced developers, designers, content creators and communicators who work hard to constantly improve our offering to our partners and clients.