London Zoo selects GBS Corporate Training as part of structured Management Training Programme

  • Interactive courses will provide staff with nationally recognised qualifications
Yateley, UK, November 13, 2006 - The Zoological Society of London, the UK's leading animal conservation charity, has selected GBS Corporate Training, one of the UK's most successful and innovative corporate training organisations, and part of the Atrium Group, to carry out new structured managerial training courses at the society's head offices at London Zoo. Management training at the charity has previously been done on an ad-hoc basis, but now, for the first time, the management courses will form part of a planned approach to provide structured management development within the organisation.

The charity, which is made up of five operating divisions including the popular London and Whipsnade Zoos, has selected GBS Corporate Training to run the new Introductory Certificate in Management and the Introductory Diploma in Management courses which include modules on managing information, communication skills, working with others, setting objectives and the importance of customer focus. Both GBS Corporate Training courses provide nationally recognised qualifications.

"We selected GBS Corporate Training as it showed significant commitment to tailoring the introductory courses to suit our managers' individual needs - for example relating them to relevant environmental issues for us," commented Karen Turnbull, Training and HR Manager for The Zoological Society of London. "At present about 20 managers will be taking part but we aim to extend our relationship with GBS Corporate Training as we develop our commitment to implementing a structured training programme."

The training courses will take the form of monthly one-day workshops, held over the space of seven months, and will involve delegates taking part in interactive classroom sessions along with reading, web-based research and assignment writing. The courses, which follow GBS Corporate Training's successful blended approach to learning, will enable managers not only to improve their general management skills but also help them see how they can maximise performance in all areas.

Patricia Davies, Group Marketing Manager, GBS Corporate Training comments: "Linking management training with a formally recognised qualification was extremely important to London Zoo as it wants to ensure that all training and development is now approached in a structured way. Over the next few years the society will continue to invest in staff learning and development and we are delighted that it has chosen to work with us to achieve this."

For more information about the new Introductory Certificate in Management and the Introductory Diploma in Management please visit or call GBS Corporate Training on 01252 862 400.

About the Zoological Society of London (ZSL):
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: our key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL runs London Zoo and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, carries out scientific research in the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation in other countries worldwide.

ZSL is registered as a charity in England and Wales: no.208728.

For more information please visit

About GBS Corporate Training:
GBS Corporate Training offers a broad portfolio of corporate training services including in-house programmes, public courses, full account management, support for international customers, managed training services as well as course design and course material preparation. It’s acquisition by the Atrium Group now adds sophisticated eLearning technology to GBS Corporate Training's offering, creating a complete 'blended learning' approach.

GBS Corporate Training has a strong client base across a wide range of industry sectors and with both private and public organisations. Customers include BSkyB, GlaxoSmithKline, HBOS plc, BT, Office for National Statistics, British Library and Vivista.

GBS Corporate Training is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to deliver the industry-standard trainers' course, the Certificate in Training Practice and by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to deliver the universally recognised Introductory and Full Certificate and Diploma in Management programmes. These accreditations together with bespoke workshop solutions enable GBS Corporate Training to offer its clients an enviable choice of solutions.

To learn more about GBS Corporate Training, visit

Please contact:

Patricia Davies
GBS Corporate Training
Tel: 01252 862400

Duncan Burford
IBA, PR for GBS Corporate Training
Tel: 01780 721433

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