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Veri proves class act in on-the-job training

Since launching Veri, a process management system for measuring the delivery of on-the-job training, Kilkenny-based entrepreneur Ann-Marie McSorley has signed up 20 clients, among them the Irish Red Cross, the Irish Wheelchair Association and Irish Times Training.

McSorley brought Veri to market last October following two years in development. A cloud-based dashboard, it has been designed to reduce the time and cost involved in quality assurance (QA).

Organisations can use Veri instead of paper forms to ensure their training is consistent and compliant with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (Phecc) accredited training requirements.

“The measurement of KPIs for skills-based or on-the-job training has been almost non-existent. The idea is that the outcomes of accredited training can now be measured,” said McSorley.

The Veri dashboard is relevant to any sector with legislated training requirements. Administrators can set up a “perfect course”, which prompts tutors at regular intervals to complete their QA documentation online. This documentation can then be viewed by administrators and quality managers in real-time.

“It has an evidence-based mobile app, which gives live feedback that turns QA information into intelligence for improvement,” said McSorley, who has just recruited Shane Barron, former senior software developer at Bluefin Payment Systems, as Veri’s new chief technology officer.

She came up with the idea for Veri while running iResource Education and Training, which has worked with clients including the Ombudsman for Children’s Office and State Street.

“I felt that the paperwork demanded by accrediting bodies was a huge cost, but we couldn’t see benefit as it was all in dead paper. I knew there was huge value in this data,” she said.

Veri employs four people and McSorley is targeting an 18-strong workforce and revenues of €1 million by 2020.

“The product is aimed specifically at further education, which is about skills-based training rather than the lecture hall environment,” she said. “There are a lot of potential applications for it in healthcare, not just in accredited training, but it could also be applied in the delivery of services like occupational therapy or in care home settings. Our route to market will be to validate each vertical and then bring it to Northern Ireland and on to Britain and the US.

By Elaine O’Regan
Sunday Business Post, 16th April 2017