to world-class learning
We help organisations in emerging markets to establish world-class Learning & Development programmes, training professional learners in a crucial combination of professional English and 21st-century business skills.
Through our blended training programmes, we aim to connect world-class U.K trainers and educators with under-resourced learners, and deliver exceptional professional learning outcomes.
Focused on Asia
Our training team has familiarity with learning requirements in a wide range of industries & market sectors critical to the growth of the region. Our trainers are mobile, adaptable and culturally sensitive, and committed to work with your teams on site: we will come to you.
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High Quality Trainers
Blended with e-learning support
Combined English & skills training
How our training programmes work
Our management team will work with you to understand your specific training requirements, identifying business areas where your teams will benefit from enhanced communication.
Custom course development
We will build a customised training programme tailored to your selected learner group.
English placement test for course participants
All course participants will sit our Synergy Learning placement test, benchmarked to internationally-approved standards from Cambridge English, to determine English levels.
Your employees will work directly with our native English trainers, who will continue to support you outside of classes, online.
Interactive, practical learning
A common feature of our programmes is an emphasis on real-world, practical activities. These may be individual or group-based, and are designed to help learners develop greater professional confidence.
Our team are also trained to provide one-to-one feedback and mentorship on a weekly basis, giving learners personalised support.
Average expected improvement
Our team aims to ensure that all learners make a considerable improvement of 30-40 percent in both their academic skills and their non-academic, practical skills.
On a full-length training programme, students can expect to learn around 2,000 English words, but also to do so in a way that increases their confidence in using this vocabulary in professional situations.
We monitor and evaluate performance continually throughout a programme, to provide learners with detailed information about where and how they can most improve.
Fully e-learning supported
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The birth of Synergy Learning
Synergy Learning is part of the IDEAS Globally Group, an organisation dedicated to supporting the development of human capital in emerging markets.
IDEAS Globally was founded by our Managing Director, James, in response to his experience of the aftermath of Sichuan earthquake in China, with the purpose of bringing people together to build sustainable bridges between the U.K & emerging markets. The team started by launching a project to support students in China whose education had been affected by the earthquake (some of whom are shown, left), which became Synergy Learning. It subsequently expanded to work with other partners in China and Asia.
Synergy Learning is a social enterprise, which means we put our local partners first. We have a track record of delivering programmes which augment English skills among a wide range of learners.
Supported by a tremendous team of U.K volunteers, Synergy Learning collected and shipped almost 10,000 English books to under-resourced schools in China over two years, to help expand English teaching resources and school capacity. The team began in Sichuan, and quickly expanded to Shandong, Jiangsu, Xi’an, and other provinces. Some of these schools built or refitted libraries around their new books.
Creating sustainable learning
The team went on to train around 80 educators, delivering over 15,000 hours of in-person teaching, and began to integrate e-learning technology into our process early on.
Focusing on high-quality training
We discovered that there were a number of flourishing SMEs around Asia with outstanding missions and strong teams, but limited training resources, so we refocused our efforts on supporting professional learners.
In many instances we are engaged in helping develop strong internal L&D programmes, which bring together HRM, continuous training, e-learning systems and monitoring & evaluation, in order to help prepare local teams to work and communicate more effectively with international markets.
James is the Founder and Managing Director of Synergy Learning, and its parent company, IDEAS Globally. He has a 1st Class Degree in English from University College London (UCL), and studied Chinese at Peking University in China. James has considerable experience designing & delivering specialised teaching programmes for emerging markets, several of which have been government-sponsored. He has also consulted with organisations such as the Confucius Institute for Business at the London School of Economics, and partnered with global firms such as Ernst & Young (EY).
GLOBAL TRAINING manager
Vivek leads the training delivery process for our international programmes, managing our team of trainers and working directly with learners in several countries. He was awarded a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from University College London (UCL). Vivek previously led Synergy Learning programmes for Young Learners and Professionals, working in London, China, and now Myanmar. He also worked with IBM, where he received a patent.
Joel oversees our Monitoring and Evaluation, providing data-driven analysis to support our young and professional learners on their development. He has an MBBS degree in Medical Sciences and has led 8 intensive learning programmes for Synergy Learning partners in China, Myanmar and Central Asia. Joel is also responsible for delivering the Medical Policy course at the University College London Management School.
Jose advises our management team on operational setup, financial planning, partnership development, and strategic relationships. He has supported our parent company, IDEAS Globally, as an executive business-advisor for over three years, and has extensive experience in change management (including at J.P Morgan, UBS and EY).
China PR & Communications officer
Naomi is our local PR representative in China, helping to manage and support many of our active partnerships on behalf of Synergy Learning. She has studied Communications and Marketing in Boston (United States), and also advises on the delivery of our educational content to Chinese learners, both online and offline.
U.K training coordinator
Virginia handles recruitment, training and induction of U.K-based educators to the Synergy Learning team. During her degree, Virginia completed courses at Harvard and the London School of Economics. Now based at University College London (UCL), Virginia facilitates global opportunities for educators with Synergy Learning.
Recent happy programme graduates:
Amazing…we obtained over 3,000 new words in our vocabulary…
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After finishing two courses…my skills are totally changed…
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Best English class ever…I feel more confident in the work place…
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Synergy Learning is a registered trademark and part of the IDEAS Globally Group, an organisation committed to growing human capital in emerging markets through social enterprise. For more information, visit IDEAS Globally at www.ideasglobally.org.