Rabobank is set to save €500,000 on internal administration and financial handling in 2018

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Financial & Insurance
Large Enterprise

Rabobank is a cooperative bank active in 40 countries with 43.000 employees and 8.7 million clients. Rabobank’s aim is to be market leader across all financial markets in the Netherlands and is also committed to being a leading bank in the field of food and agri worldwide.

Rabobank Time2Grow Totara Portal from Bloomville

The Challenge

‘Empowered employees’ is one of Rabobank’s four strategic pillars. Achieving this strategic objective requires a transformation into an organisation in which there is scope for vitality, adaptability and craftsmanship with a continual focus on development and training.

Rabobank believes it is important that their employees take responsibility and take control of their own development. One of the tools to stimulate this is a Personal Development Budget which is part of Rabobank’s collective labor agreement. This Personal can be used for personal development, professional knowledge and career opportunities.

The main challenges to implement this were to:

  • Create a user-friendly and inspirational portal where employees can easily find and book a wide range of trainings.
  • Create efficient and effective processes for approval, cancellation and notification.
  • Give employees, managers and Rabobank real-time insights of the use of the portal, the use of Personal Development Budget and the progress in applications and enrolled trainings.

The Solution

For Rabobank Totara’s partner Bloomville has created a solution which consists of three components, all working seamlessly together. The solution was baptized Time2Grow!

Component 1) Totara – the engine

Totara is the powerful engine enabling a lot of customer requirements. Starting with the integration of Single-Sign-On so users don’t have to login where this is enabled by a full-automatic daily HR-feed.

The standard functionality of Totara has made it possible to create flexible and divers workflow processes for any (blended) use of Personal Development Budget, Company Budget and personal contribution, including according notifications.

Standard functionality also used:

  • Employees view on request- and order status and training activities and their status.
  • Managers view of the training status and use of Personal Development Budget of their direct reports.
  • Manager approval.
  • Reports and analytics.

The robustness and secureness of Totara in combination with a MySQL database was chosen to process and secure order requests, orders, order cancellations, learning content, budget data, personal data and billing data.  

The open source character of Totara has given Bloomville the opportunity to extend its code base with innovative and more common extensions. Added were:     

  • A budget meter which gives an employee a real-time view of the use of Personal Development Budget. Graphical and numerical.
  • A budget feed.
  • A training evaluation plugin.
  • An Ideal payment plugin.
  • Extensions on existing reports as well as making new ones.


Component 2) Learningville® - the content database

Learningville® is a content database where Bloomville harvests the training supply of all major Dutch training vendors. It currently has around 30,000 learning offerings from 130 vendors and is expanding on a weekly basis. In Learningville® customers like Rabobank can easily decide themselves which trainings they want to (de)publish for their employees as where prices depending on specific vendor discounts are calculated automatically.

‘This is really awesome, makes booking a training very clear and easy’ – Rabobank employee

Component 3) Add-on layer – the front-end

An intuitive and user-friendly user interface was developed for Rabobank to maximize the user experience and to attract and retain the use of Time2Grow!

The front-end was developed in a Rabobank look and feel which also contributes to a familiar and accessible feeling.

The main functionality of the front-end consists of:

  • A powerful search index with numerous filters.
  • Inspirational content. Short learning nuggets. E.g. films and articles.
  • Highlighted trainings. To be chosen by the L&D back office of Rabobank.
  • A ‘request outside catalog’ route for employees.
  • Basic info. E.g. FAQ and contact info.

The Results 

  • Time2Grow! was developed and launched within 3 months, exceeding customer and market expectations.
  • The first week 10,000 users visited Time2Grow! retaining a steady visit of 1,000 users per week afterwards.
  • Time2Grow! received a lot of compliments from employees.
  • A very detailed insight in the development needs of Rabobank employees which enables Rabobank to match the training needs of their employees and tailor the supply in the learning catalog accordingly.
  • Up till now on average Rabobank employees booked 150 trainings per week and this average is constantly growing.
  • Saving of € 500,000 on internal administration and financial handling in 2018.

‘Time2Grow! has increased the convenience and the findability for our employees and therefore contributed to empowered employees’ – Janine Vos. CHRO Rabobank, CHRO of the year 2017 by CHRO Community in the Netherlands

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Bloomville is a full-service partner in Learning & Development Support. Our footprint, from a perspective of Human Resource Development, lies in supporting central learning organisations. Bloomville helps clients optimize learning & performance through consultancy in forming Learning & Development Support strategies, implementation and development of supporting HR-IT systems such as Learning Management Systems, Procurement & Supplier Management, Managed Learning Services and through powerful Business Intelligence.

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