About

Background

The design and development of our system for managing your development and career online was initially undertaken by Sheffield Halllam University. This was a great opportunity and exciting collaboration as they are at the cutting edge of innovation and technology as a University. It also gave us a solid foundation and framework for us to build our unique system.

Established in 2010 when the idea of online CPD became a reality.
Prior to launching into developing something we didn’t know if there was even a market for or what the functionality would be, we commissioned a leading e-learning organisation to research this. Their investigations were carried out over a 10 month period and resulted in giving us the insight about what people wanted in a system for managing online CPD and that there was a market for it and so our journey begins…

Karen’s vision is to give everybody equal access and opportunity to engage fully with their personal and professional development and develop rich, sustainable, reflective practice. Therefore, we have committed to giving free access and use of our CPD log, which records your activity and CV Builder to keep you up to date with your career progress.

 

Team

Our business model is one that extends our team, as we work with a range of professional people, administrative, and technical individuals to ensure we have a range of colleagues that contribute valuably to our business.

Karen Waite

karenKaren completed her people development qualification for Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) early in her career and is now a Chartered Fellow.

She has considerable enthusiasm, experience and skills of teaching and developing people.  She is an International speaker and over the last 4 years has taught in Dubai on the Executive MBA and has responsibility for leading and developing this module.

As the founder of Leap like a salmon Limited, and Managing Director, Karen has many roles within the business. She maintains her currency and profile within the industry by continuing to lead on CPD at the higher Masters level for the University of Bradford Faculty of Management and Law, where she is an associate. An additional role is that of Lead External Quality Adviser for CIPD for foundation and intermediate level qualifications, covering North, Ireland and International regions.

Clearly Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a very important area for Karen – not only for keeping current within her profession, to also take the time to reflect on learning and future plans/development requirements.

As someone who professionally has to demonstrate CPD, this is something that she has always had a commitment to and continues to look for richer and challenging learning opportunities that can be sustained beyond current possibilities.

Lauren Seward

laurenLauren’s background is as a human resource and business professional with many years of experience gained in a range of organisations and industries. Lauren has a strong track record in management development and training and has designed and implemented a number of programs for managers and directors. Fully qualified in the application and interpretation of occupational psychometrics, she has also worked with management teams at all levels to develop their individual capabilities and their effectiveness at working together.

She completed her people development qualification with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and development (CIPD) and is now a Chartered Fellow. She has also achieved a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development.

Lauren has been an integral part of Leap like a Salmon from the beginning and continues to bring a fresh perspective and energy to the business.   She has various roles as a Commercial Director covering, sales, operations, finance and new content development.

She is interested in people and supporting them with their development. Her own CPD is extensive, covering academia, industry and voluntary sectors.

Caroline Blythe

carolineCaroline has a depth of experience in staff recruitment, personnel development, training delivery and pastoral support. She also has thorough knowledge of, and some good anecdotes, from a broad range of Blue Chip clients including Finance, Retail and Manufacturing.

As a previous Board Director Caroline worked with a growing team of committed people that saw the business expand and develop, increasing in multiple sector expertise, in employee numbers and in profitability.

Caroline is a market researcher with a breadth of experience in commercial and social research. Her role at Leap like a Salmon is marketing and market research, which ensures we are always current with any changes within the industry. She has a wide remit covering marketing strategy, campaigns, research, content development for newsletters and communication with customers.

Joe Kendall

joeAs the key developer for Leap like a Salmon Joe has been instrumental in the continued development and maintenance of our website and eportfolio functionality. Joe has a range of skills within technology and media and solid experience in industry. He manages the digital/technical requirements of our website and eportfolio, keeping it current and accessible.

 

 

Approach & Commitment

We are passionate about CPD and are really proud of the system we have developed to support continuing professional development.
Our approach is to be open and honest and to add value to our clients. Our commitment is to give everyone the opportunity to have access to our system to support development and career progression
We therefore, give access to the use of CPD logs and CV template for free, which is part of the function of our portfolio.

We have committed to our team of experts who are there for advise and guidance on subjects relevant to their expertise. It is completely impartial and a free service, which demonstrates our ethics.

As well as providing a great service to our clients we work hard to be socially responsible. This includes the many voluntary roles and development support within the local business community.

We seek ways to be environmentally responsible, minimising resource use whenever we can.

What Our Customers Are Saying

“Adopting leap enabled us to update and streamline our process of tracking our trainee’s development”

Central to teacher training is the Professional De­velopment Portfolio (PDP) which supports the development of trainees’ progress in relation to the Standards set by Education and Training Foundation. As a teacher training provider we were in search of an e-portfolio that would provide us with an official representation of trainee teachers learning experience and skill achievement, moreover trainees needed lifetime access post qualification.
In September 2015 we made the transition over to the Leap like a Salmon e-portfolio system. Leap like a Salmon is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be accessed through a computer/laptop, mobile or tablet device. With this flexibility trainee teachers can stay in contact with one another anytime, anywhere. As teacher trainers we are able to have instant access to all of trainee’s progress against each of the teaching standards. Adopting leap enabled us to update and streamline our process of tracking our trainee’s development

Karen Black

Curriculum Leader Workforce Development and HE

School of Professional Studies

Blackpool & The Fylde College
Leap Like A Salmon, CPD, E-Portfolio, Professional Development, Training, Expert
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Karen Black

Curriculum Leader Workforce Development and HE

School of Professional Studies

Blackpool & The Fylde College
Central to teacher training is the Professional De­velopment Portfolio (PDP) which supports the development of trainees’ progress in relation to the Standards set by Education and Training Foundation. As a teacher training provider we were in search of an e-portfolio that would provide us with an official representation of trainee teachers learning experience and skill achievement, moreover trainees needed lifetime access post qualification. In September 2015 we made the transition over to the Leap like a Salmon e-portfolio system. Leap like a Salmon is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be accessed through a computer/laptop, mobile or tablet device. With this flexibility trainee teachers can stay in contact with one another anytime, anywhere. As teacher trainers we are able to have instant access to all of trainee’s progress against each of the teaching standards. Adopting leap enabled us to update and streamline our process of tracking our trainee’s development