Our unique offer lies in our ability to directly map any rubric for the assessment of skills demonstrated in the workplace onto our pioneering NOW.net platform. None of our customers need to change what they do to fit into our system, our system is flexible enough to reflect what they do and in the process enhance the quality and effectiveness of what they assess.
- Over 600,000 trainee accountants worldwide use an online Professional Experience Record that we have developed
- Universities are using our technology to assess the professional skills of students on undergraduate training programmes.
- Members of professional bodies in the UK and Ireland use our tools to capture and report on CPD.
- Students in FE Colleges; trainees with Training providers; teachers in Schools use our sites daily for different reasons.
Since 1997 Citizen Connect Limited which trades as AXIA Digital has been helping organisations capture and assess skills and competencies that are demonstrated in a professional setting or in the workplace. We create leading edge digital solutions, which mirror and then enhance existing assessment systems. Our solutions are all individually hand crafted but are deployed on the same platform.
Our core company values
Our four core company values underpin our company culture and are inherent in everything we do. These values have been maintained and adhered to throughout the life of the company.
This was the top attribute our customers cited when we asked them to describe AXIA Digital as a company. We take a holistic approach to the way we help our customers providing alongside our core e-portfolio a range of other tools and services many of which are created in conjunction with our customers.
We regularly win business because of our focus on continuous technological improvement and willingness to adapt proven solutions to accommodate specific client requirements. AXIA Digital’s learning technology is among the most advanced available and offers numerous unique benefits. It is admired by the other technology companies we work with.
Commitment to customers
We try to make a big difference in all our work and base our relationships with customers around a strong emphasis on honesty, teamwork and delivering projects on time and budget in all cases. Our customers consistently tell us how much they value our openness, flexibility, ‘can-do’ attitudes and the excellence of our customer service.
Ethics and integrity
AXIA Digital is committed to helping organisations of all sizes improve standards in vocational and professional education, regardless of resources or stature. We pride ourselves on our proven ability to provide low cost of ownership yet technically advanced solutions.
Our history is very important to us and will hopefully give you a clue about the sort of company we are. The company was formed in 1997 as Citizen Connect Ltd and was co-located with Lifeskills International. This company were specialists in improving organisational performance through aligning human resource management to business goals.
Citizen Connect’s first major contract was with the Ufi/Learndirect who commissioned the development of Learndirect futures. This was one of the first online tools developed to help people make their own choices about their future career and was based on the work of our chair Barrie Hopson and Mike Scally. Significantly this site also included an action planning tool and a portfolio.
Shortly after this project was initiated, both Lifeskills International and Citizen Connect ltd were brought by Axia Netmedia Corp a company headquartered in Calgary and responsible for running the Alberta Supanet. This was a major development in Alberta and therefore our developers learnt about creating robust and resilient internet structures. We also inherited the AXIA name.
The next major contract was with the Royal College of Nursing and this involved making an e-portfolio available to all their members to evidence their commitment to their professional development. At this time it was rightly considered to be one of the largest e-portfolio projects in Europe.
These were both major projects that had big budgets and were secured just before the technological boom started to burst and available funding was dramatically reduced. It was therefore fortunate that the company decided to embark on a major technology breakthrough, which was to create the NOW.net platform. This has enabled the company to create sites quickly and more cost effectively and to expand the number of our customers.
In 2006 our former parent company decided to focus on developing major broadband networks and after a short period of ownership under our former managing director the company was subject to in effect a managment buy out and a number of those working in or associated with the company become the major shareholders. In 2014 the VIA partnership brought the shares of the non executive Directors and became the majority share holder until unfortunately they went into administration. However this had no impact on this business because companies operated separately.
Fittingly their shares were then purchased in May 2016 by the two Executive Directors Richard Etheridge and Chris Peat who have a long standing involvement with the company and are committed to its continued success.