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Award highlights Roem’s innovative approach to training

The innovative "Hands Off" approach to software training introduced by Cambridge company Roem Ltd has won recognition in the British Small Business Champions (BSBC) Awards.

Roem has been short-listed in the "Innovation" category of the awards scheme, which aims to celebrate and recognise the achievements and importance of the UK's small business sector. Final judging is taking place now, with the presentations due to be made in London in June.

Think of software training and you imagine a row of people sitting at a bank of computers, being told which button to press. This approach is a million miles away from that taken by Karen Roem, who founded Roem Ltd in 2001.

Recognising that people learn in different ways, she brought the Hands Off method to the UK after studying it in the United States, adapting it for UK participants in her popular series of Microsoft Office product seminars.

"Traditional training can be very linear, with students learning via repetition," she explains. "People are shown examples to enable them to apply what they learn, but not necessarily how to apply it to their own individual circumstances.

Hands Off training is very different. For a start, there is usually just one computer in the room! Using the concept that we can only digest 20 minutes of new material at a time, the intense sessions are short and focused – with time in between for quizzes, games and exploration, so people can absorb and understand what they are learning."

Karen Roem feels that her greatest achievement has been fine-tuning, adapting, honing and learning how to market her unusual approach to IT training.

"Being short-listed for innovation in the BSBC Awards underlines the value of my approach," she adds. "I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Roem Ltd will clinch the prize!"

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For further information:
If you would like to talk to Karen about the Hands Off method, or would like to attend a seminar to see the method for yourself please speak to Karen on +44 (0)1223 214177 or email her at Karen@roem.co.uk, or check out the website at www.roem.co.uk/seminars.html.

Roem Limited
Cambridge, UK
tel: +44 (0)1223 - 214177
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email: karen@roem.co.uk

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