TTA and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Win a 2019 Brandon Hall Group Bronze Award for Excellence in Learning

Westborough, MA – September 12, 2019 – The Training Associates Corporation (TTA), a leading provider of learning and development talent and solutions, is delighted to announce that it has won the 2019 Brandon Hall Group Bronze Award for Excellence in Learning for the work that TTA did for its client the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) in creating a set of onboarding videos for new social workers. The winners are listed at:

DCF partnered with TTA to design and implement numerous onboarding videos which would be shared with new social workers prior to their first day of training. The videos answered general questions including areas such as new social worker licensing, what to expect during training, and how to prepare for training. The onboarding videos are highly successful in reducing the time during training spent on answering general questions and have instilled increased levels of confidence and preparedness in new social workers.

“We are thankful to have had the opportunity to work with DCF on such an important project that improves the way these social workers help children and families. The videos helped to improve the new social worker onboarding process, improve preparedness, and improve confidence as they enter the field. We are honored to receive the Brandon Hall Group Bronze Award for Excellence in Learning,” said Maria Melfa, TTA’s President and CEO.

“Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program has recognized leading organizations for the past twenty-plus years for the latest trends in Human Capital Management,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group COO and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program. “The initiatives that were honored are not only innovative but fit the unique needs of the business and create truly remarkable success stories.”

Award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, February 4-6, 2020, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida. Select winners also will serve as presenters in breakout sessions, sharing their leading practices during the conference.

“The HCM Excellence Awards recognize programs that measurably benefit organizations,” said Mike Cooke, Brandon Hall Group CEO. “Many human capital management departments are unable to confirm that their initiatives help the business’s bottom line. Because we focus on measurable benefits, our awards program is universally recognized and highly prestigious.”


About TTA

An award-winning innovator, TTA is a recognized global leader for Learning & Development (L&D) talent and solutions. Organizations of all sizes, including Fortune 500 corporations, rely on TTA’s agility to support their L&D initiatives of any size or scope across all training modalities.

About DCF

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) works in partnership with families and communities to keep children safe from abuse and neglect. In most, DCF is able to provide supports and services to keep children safe with parents or family members. When necessary, DCF provides foster care or finds new permanent families for children through kinship, guardianship, or adoption.

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is an HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, and HR/Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Brandon Hall’s Mission: Empower excellence in organizations around the world through our research and tools each and every day. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. The Membership Program offers insights and best practices to enable executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient. (


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