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We believe extraordinary things happen when companies invest in their people

In 2006, Paul McElvaney and a small team started Learning Pool at his kitchen table in Derry, Northern Ireland. His vision was to bring online learning into organizations in a collaborative way. “I started out by knocking on the doors of local government offices in the UK, and thankfully some of them believed in what we offered and trusted us to deliver” McElvaney said. Today, Learning Pool is B-Corp Certified and on pace to become the world’s top workplace learning provider.

Learning Pool at a glance

  • 1500+ customers
  • 26M learners
  • 42 languages supported
  • 96% customer satisfaction rate
  • 98% customer recommendation rate
  • 95% customer retention rate
  • 10 global offices
  • 500+ employees
  • 30 countries supported
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Investors in people

It’s in Learning Pool’s DNA to pursue excellence and bring innovation to everyone, faster than anyone.  It’s our people who make this possible. That’s why we’re committed to investing in our people: we’ve earned Platinum status with Investors in People (IIP), we’re “Great Place to Work” accredited, and we’ve received a bronze Diversity Mark in our home country of Northern Ireland. We’re proud to be part of B Corp™- a growing movement of businesses that are prioritizing social and environmental responsibility alongside profitability. Learn more about our investments in in our colleagues, our customers, and our community on our ESG page.


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Continuous innovators

Learning Pool has always had a passion for innovation in learning. We have a long history as a strong contributor to open source projects that benefit everyone, not just our customers. Learning Locker is the world’s only xAPI compliant, open source Learning Record Store and we’re a founding member of the Adapt open source framework that brought responsive elearning to the whole industry. Today, we continue to operate at the leading edge of innovation, bringing modern skills management and adaptive content solutions to market. Our best-in-class UX design and research teams have won numerous awards. And Learning Pool Labs is bringing our customers directly into the innovation process to ensure our biggest ideas remain grounded to practical application.

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Committed to data-driven outcomes

We believe that delivering true impact goes beyond testimonials and customer retention rates. Our expert team is committed to ensuring that L&D, HR, and Compliance teams can move beyond discussing learning as a cost center to harnessing its unique ability to produce a highly-skilled workforce, new competitive advantages, and an organization prepared for whatever the future might bring.