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Technical Upgrades

 Technical News and Updates

SkillBuilder BookaCourse System Upgrade

We have made a series of improvements the back-end of the BookaCourse system to bring it in line with the Version 5.1 Editor and to give it a more modern look and feel. The functionality remains largely the same but the system has been updated to align with the rest of your Version 9 site.  

We will be automatically upgrading everyone who has the Classroom Booking System as of this week.  

SkillBuilder Traffic Light Line Manager Triggers

It is now possible to send 'trigger' emails to line-managers to remind them to check their manager Traffic Light reports so they are up to date on the compliance training status of their direct reports.

Trigger emails can be scheduled to go out daily, weekly or monthly and contain a link that will take the line-manager directly to their report.

SkillBuilder Traffic Light Courses and Induction

Increasingly companies are adding an Induction Traffic Light Code with additional courses for inductees. This has meant that new starters are getting too many registrations all at once. We have added Stagger-days so that in Allocations administrators can set course registrations to be staggered by days or weeks.

The same editor allows administrators to add Delay-days. This feature gives delegates longer to proceed with the course from registration.

SkillBuilder Traffic Light and Line Manager Reports

We have added a scheduler that emails line-managers with their team Traffic Light reports at time scales to suit you. A customised email message can be included with the reports.

SkillBuilder Reinstating Archived Users

LMS controllers can now Reinstate users they have Archived.

Reinstatement is accessible via [Admin] in your navigation bar and the [Activity Records and Reports] part of the system. The [Admin] button in the reporting area will take you to the Reinstatement option. 

SkillBuilder SkillGate Perform Update

For those of you using our Perform software to manage your appraisal process, we have added another mini-form option to allow appraiser and appraisee to view compliance training status.  This means that mandatory training progress can be included in any appraisal discussion, supported by all the necessary information.

SkillBuilder Weekend Reminders

For customers who have their own sites, we have now updated the scheduler software so that registration and reminder emails can be sent at the weekend as well as during the week. This means that staff within organisations which don't work a traditional Monday to Friday week can receive training links and reminders on days that tally with their working week.

SkillBuilder Looking for a Full List of Your Training Courses?

Did you know that you can access and print a full list of training courses that your users have access to?  Simply select [Set Up] in your navigation bar, then click on [Library Options]. Scroll down and you will see and option to [Print course list] under the left-hand column. Clicking this link will bring up the full list of courses you have available on your SkillGate system for quick and easy review. 

SkillBuilder Renaming CPD

We have extended the replace feature for LMS systems who call CPD something else. For example many firms now use Continuing Competency (CC) instead of Continuous Professional Development (CPD). The existing CPD input and reporting features can now be given whatever name the LMS Controller chooses.

SkillBuilder Upload SVG Files to WhizzAuthor

It is now possible to upload Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) to the asset library in WhizzAuthor.

SkillBuilder BookaCourse Update: Advisory Email to Line-Managers

We have introduced a new function to the BookaCourse system. If required, it is now possible for line managers to receive an advisory email when a user registers for a classroom training course. This allows line-managers to keep track of what their direct reports are signing up to.

This function can be switched on by the SkillGate team on request.

SkillBuilder Reinstating Long Term Absence

As you may know LMS Controllers can put individual delegates into LTA (long term absence, e.g. for maternity).

There is an option to reinstate at a set date.

Unlike Archiving (which removes Users from the live system) LTA basically freezes them. They are frozen on the courses they are currently enrolled on and, on reinstatement, they are unfrozen and will carry on where they left off.

Note however, that LTA removes all User entries from the diary. This is especially relevant for Traffic Light. On reinstate, LTAs have to be manually reset on the TL Code courses required.


Note:This information covers site improvements, developments, and general technical service improvements for all SkillGate systems. Individual details may vary from site to site.

Major developments are highlighted in bold.