What Do We Do?
Oak Innovation develops and sells training course materials for HR professionals, leaders, managers, business training professionals, coaches and anyone interested in training staff as part of their role.
Every slide, every manual, and every guide is created to provide you with content that you then can use to deliver your own training courses.
What Experience Do We Have?
Oak was created by Des and Kay Fitzgerald. And, since 1995 Oak has been developing and providing training materials across a wide range of sectors.
Des Fitzgerald has an honours BA in Psychology and a MSc in Cognitive Science. Des also completed an MBS in Human Resource Management and has worked within a broad range of organizational development roles. Kay Fitzgerald has an honours BA in Early Childhood Studies, a Masters in Health Promotion and a National Certificate in Training and Development. Since then Kay has extensively developed and delivered training courses within a wide variety of settings and areas.
Over these years Oak has developed it’s online presence and worked closely with a wide range of training providers and industry leaders.
Oak has also been an innovative developer of training course materials for specific situations and clients. All geared at producing content that can easily and practically applied.
To illustrate, Oak spearheaded and project managed the “Competiveness Through Partnership” European Funded Project with Apple in Ireland.
The program was focused on developing cutting edge business awareness training course materials that could help Apple deal with the massive change that it’s company was experiencing in Ireland at that time.
In particular, this initiative was created help to Apple transition from an 80% manufacturing base to 20% manufacturing focus. This vision for operations involved the new introduction of a Call Centre and Apple Store, the migration of existing staff across roles and functions. This was also coupled with recruitment of new staff and training of staff to meet this new focus.
To develop these training materials and resources we sought out and created a pan European network of training development partners. These included – Grenoble Business School (France), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Sif Syd (Sweden), Oriel Business (Scotland), Coventry University (England), ISTUD (Italy), Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences (Austria), DCU (Ireland), and IBEC (Ireland),
Oak also led an innovative National Skillnets project on Change Management. Skillnets is a national agency dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland. This involved the formation of a network of diverse companies to develop a collection of training course materials to help companies deal with change.
In March 2012, and following a rebranding of the company, Kay Fitzgerald took over the position of CEO of Oak Innovation.
What Do Others Say About Us?
Here are a few example of our clients say about us:
While managing a team of in-house facilitators at a large company, I first discovered Oak in 2004. We purchased several training products from this company and were very pleased with the quality and price. Later, I purchased his entire portfolio of training content and still use them to this day. I must say, I was reluctant at first to do business with someone out of the USA as one is never sure of the integrity of the business. I can say, without reservation, Oak delivers what is promised and has consistently provided excellent customer service. If you’re considering Oak and still a bit iffy about purchasing from oversees – write me an e-mail on Linked In. I’ll be glad to share my positive experiences regarding this company.
Loretta Thrityacre – Talent Management
I have been buying Oak’s training materials now for 9 years. They are top products and save you hours of work trying to produce something yourself. Incredibly good value too.
More importantly though is the personal service. Whenever I have emailed or rung they have been extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I have recommended Oak to dozens of people and have been thanked by so many of them for making the recommendation.
If you’re a trainer then give Oak training materials a go, you won’t regret it and wonder how you managed without them before.
Ellen Bothwick – Founder and Lead Trainer at The Learning Path (NLP)
During the early days of HRD Gateway, a 40,000-member international NGO dedicated to excellence in HRD/HRM, I got to know Oak Training programs. I became one of his early customers. I had clients in Asia who wanted training in certain areas. Instead of searching through the net for material, I logged onto his site, found what I wanted, bought their programs, and customized them to suit my clients requirements. The process saved me much time. Later, I bought the Oak Training full set of courses. Over the years, I saw Oak Training grow from a small operation to what it is today. That takes dedication and focus. Because they allowed me to download updates and new versions of these titles, I found I did not have to go to another provider for my raw material.
G K Lim – President, HRD Gateway (int’l NGO dedicated to excellence in HRD/HRM/Talent Management