Marshall E-Learning was founded in 2002 by David Marshall, Head of Research at Penna PLC and a network of Penna Consultants. The first course developed by the newly formed firm was titled “Diversity in the Workplace”, where working with our friends at ACAS we developed a web based diversity training course.

David founded the firm believing there was a gap in the market for digital learning by a team who would combine in-house knowledge on the topics as well as the technological expertise. This skillset means clients stay with Marshalls for many years as we carefully keep our work updated. It means clients can share a challenge with us, which is difficult and nuanced, and we can help them develop a script with them.

That course and variations of it have kept Marshalls busy every since. Now over 20 years later we have trained over two million people in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Holland, United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Vietnam, China, Thailand, Spain and France.

Marshall E-Learning have a team of developers, illustrators, graphic designers, writers all supporting that core team who founded the firm back in 2002.

Update April 2023 – Marshall E-Learning is now part of the Ciphr Group and New Course Catalogue launched.

After 20 years as an independent company, this month, we have the exciting news that Marshall E-Learning is now part of the Ciphr family. As one of the UK’s leading providers of integrated HR and learning management solutions, Ciphr and Marshall’s have a natural synergy which will allow us scale-up our people-focussed training, reaching more organisations than ever before.

For our clients, that means a broader range of courses, an expanded production team, but with the same core commitment to Diversity and Inclusion and customer service that Marshall’s are known for.

“For some time, I’ve been evaluating how I can get more investment for Marshalls, scale up our offering and retain our commitment to diversity and inclusion. I’m delighted that in Ciphr we have found the right partner to grow the Marshalls offering and retain our consultative approach for our clients.

Ciphr have impressed me with their products, their growth and most importantly for me their shared values, so it is a genuinely exciting move for all of us at Marshalls.

And it is particularly exciting to know that part of the plan is to create a whole new library of digital content for their customers.”

– David Marshall, Founder and MD

To accompany this new beginning for Marshall’s E-Learning, we are proud to launch a host of new courses for 2023. Expanding our portfolio from 50-200 unique courses, we have massively increased our offering with the inclusion of presenter-led micro learning courses. These courses are designed to give busy learners the essential information they need on topics that are of most importance to them as part of an organisations ‘just in time’ learning strategy.

Alongside these, in response to increased demand from our clients, we have invested in a suite of mental health courses, designed for both workplace and educational settings. With more courses in the pipeline for the coming year, be sure to reach out for a demo for more information.

Check out our showreel video now for a glimpse of our 2023 library:


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