Self-paced and self-financed continuous professional training

A number of professional courses have been identified as suitable for being taught in a self-paced distance learning manner, such as BlockChain or Certification courses (e.g. for ACCA, ADIT, CIA, etc).


This initiative combines the content know-how of one organisation (GlobalTraining) with the ICT know-how of a private University (University of Nicosia), to deliver these courses in an e-learning and self-paced fashion. The courses are self-financed by the enrolled students.



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What was the challenge intended to be addressed? Why? What did work well? What did not work well? What have been the main achievements? How did you evaluate its success? What has been the change brought by this good practice?

This initiative combines the expertise of a professional training company with a private university to offer continuous training to the workforce in a self paced way. This initiative addresses the need of people to train themselves but in a self paced and distance learning way, so that they can continue to work and address their other responsibilities. The program is successful and this is assessed by means of the response the trainees give on how their training had a positive impact on their work. This initiative further brings the private university closer to the needs of the market and the workforce.

Success Factors

What are the enabling conditions (e.g. institutional, economic, social/cultural, regulatory) that needed to be in place or played a facilitating role for the good practice to be successful?

The combination of a training organisation and a private university offers on the one hand the practical and professional know-how that the former can offer with the university educational apparatus that the latter supports. This leads to an institutional environment that can address positively the needs of such an undertaking. Furthermore, the needs of the market dictate that certain areas of knowledge and expertise need to be better understood and used by employees and this leads to the production of training courses that address these needs.


What are the challenges, barriers or limiting factors encountered? How have they been addressed?

This initiative is based on self-financing by the trainees, therefore a deciding factor is the financial capacity of a person to self-finance his/her training. Obviously, the e-learning platform to be employed must be attractive and easy to use by the trainees.

Feasibility & Sustainability

What are the elements that need to be put into place for the good practice to be sustainable (institutionally, socially, economically, etc.)? If applicable, indicate the total costs incurred for the implementation of the practice. What are the benefits compared to total costs?

The initiative requires the existence of a training establishment which, as one of its purposes, has the addressing of real needs of the market. Combining this with an educational institution that offers the necessary infrastructure in terms of distant (e-learning) training, is also a prerequisite. As long as the trainees can self-finance their activities, the model is self-sustainable. The trainees are expected to recover their expenses by means of the additional know-how they will get from the training and its application to their jobs or while finding better jobs.

Replicability & Upscaling

What are the possibilities of extending the good practice more widely? What are the conditions that need to be in place for the good practice to be successfully replicated in a similar context? What are the steps that should be taken/respected to ensure that the good practice is replicated / up-scaled, but adapted to the new context?

The model can be replicated in any environment that has organisations specialising in professional training, possibly by means of e-learning methods, and where the working force can afford to self-finance such training.

Lessons learned

What would have facilitated an earlier and/or bigger impact? What are the key features that should be kept in mind if this would have to be implemented again? What would you do differently if you could go back in time? What could have been done better?

A substantial number of people, already working in the industry, want to enroll in such courses, in order to further promote their qualifications. It is imperative that the organisations offering such courses are in constant contact with the market to be able to know its needs at any time.


Please provide some information about the context and initial situation that can help in fully understanding the action (e.g. information about the national system, applying regulations, etc.)

The existence of a thriving economy with a dynamic market whose needs change relatively frequently is an ideal environment for undertaking initiatives like the one discussed in this case study.