"L&D Free Spirits"

L&D Freelancers Gain a New Global Support Network

London (UK), June 2024 - "L&D Free Spirits" provides freelancers across the learning and development industry with resources, networking opportunities, and support. Launching 01 September 2024, L&D Free Spirits is a global network for freelancers and self-employed professionals.

Independent training consultants Kim Ellis and Erin Donovan founded the community-based network and created it to empower members and channel networking, collaboration, and knowledge exchange.

Kim Ellis, CEO said, "When I started my freelancing career, I didn't have direction. I had no idea how to create a portfolio, build my brand, or find work. I didn't realise how important growing a professional network would be. This is why L&D Free Spirits exists: It’s an inclusive community that supports continuous professional growth and promotes entrepreneurial spirit. I'm extremely passionate about ensuring everyone has the support they need to thrive! L&D Free Spirits offers members advice to support business growth and opportunities for shared learning and networking.
"Free Spirits helps members succeed at any stage of their freelancing career. From corporate trainers, educators and instructional designers to eLearning developers, practitioners and teachers transitioning to L&D, I want to inspire freedom, flexibility, and fulfilment in every aspect of their professional journeys."

Members who subscribe are provided with curated learning resources, development tools, and networking opportunities, plus regular and supportive e-communications. They also have access to a Booster package - a three-month paid programme with three modules to boost their professional network, brand, and portfolio.

The network’s rollout initially focuses on the UK, with a second phase planned to target the US.

Erin Donovan, Co-founder said, "I'm so excited to collaborate with Kim and offer L&D freelancers in the US a dedicated platform for learning, development, and growth. There's a real need for such a network here, especially for teaching staff who are leaping into the field of learning and development. Free Spirits is absolutely visionary!"

Corporate membership is also available to organisations that recognise the importance of continuous training and professional development to enhance the value chain of L&D services.

Benefits include brand exposure and opportunities to drive thought leadership, community support, and product promotion. Free Spirits aims to connect these businesses with L&D freelance talent to enhance their educational programmes, drive employee engagement, and maintain a competitive edge through learning initiatives.