Advanced People Strategies Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Advanced People Strategies launch their on-line Skills Development System to enable organisations to assess and develop critical leadership skills.

Going beyond knowledge-focused learning, the system enables leaders to participate in challenging, interactive scenarios in a safe environment to accelerate their performance.  

Chris Humphreys, APS Managing Director commented,

“Elite sports and military personnel regularly invest time and energy to practise the skills they need to outperform their competition and give them an edge.  At a time, when leaders face unprecedented challenges, we are pleased to bring the latest technology to help overcome barriers that are preventing leaders and their teams from honing their skills for the future”.

APS’s latest virtual Skills Development System (vSDS) technology allows HR/L&D sponsors to choose business situations appropriate to the audience. Practising with real business challenges such as restructuring, downsizing, dealing with challenging people and driving change and receiving appropriate feedback from a professional to accelerate learning. Next-generation virtual master-class programmes and coaching will be added this summer, providing a unique blended learning offer.

The current environment has challenged Learning and Development professionals to innovate and the vSDS offers the following advantages from the usual approaches organisations take:

  • Fast deployment – there is no need to wait for cohort numbers or availability

  • Involvement and benchmarking across borders

  • No travel and accommodation costs vs traditional classroom

  • Targeted support for HR Business Partners

  • 30-60 minute, focused learning events with minimal business disruption

  • Customised case studies to stretch leaders’ ability and understanding

  • Automatically recorded exercises for future review

  • Easily blended with other development interventions, psychometrics or reporting


APS are UK distributors for Hogan Assessment Systems, providers of world-class psychometric assessments used by over two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies.   The virtual Skills Development System allows users to validate insights from their Hogan Assessments against observable behaviour and hone their skills in a safe environment.


With over 20 years of experience helping organisations implement people development strategies, APS has become established as a trusted partner with their clients. Drawing on world-class psychometric assessments and partnering with highly respected academic leaders, APS create and implement talent management solutions built on scientific principles.