About Vinit Patel
Vinit is a co-founder of Filtered. He leads on product management and operations, working with a talented team of software engineers, designers, data scientist and learning experts to deliver an outstanding product. He has a background in management consulting and is a seed-stage investor in two UK-based tech startups.

What 1,000 CVs and job specs revealed about apprenticeship skills

Posted on Feb 16, 2018 by Vinit Patel

Employers and candidates don’t see eye to eye when it comes to apprenticeship skills
The government plans to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. That’s nearly 1 in 10 of the current UK workforce of 32 million, studying to become - or qualified as - an apprentice. We looked at whether there is a ‘skills mismatch’ in the apprenticeship market. And if so, what can employers who train (or are about to train) apprentices do about it?
Here’s what we did:

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“Netflix for learning” - don’t be fooled!

Posted on Jan 28, 2018 by Vinit Patel

Tl;dr - there is more to software than meets the eye. Don’t be fooled by marketing hype in the form of comparisons to popular consumer products. Those analogies only go so far.



Product elevator pitches are often filled with comparisons to already-successful products and businesses. Very often in the format:

“[Startup’s name] is [fast growth business] for [yet-to-be disrupted sector]”

E.g. Learnyflix is Netflix for workplace learning.

It’s tempting to tread this path. It tells the audience in a snapshot what this business is most like without having to go into all the detail. But there’s a problem

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Update: Online Test Feature on Filtered

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 by Vinit Patel

Our vision is to maximise the impact of learning.

It is important for both learners and managers alike to know how our training can make a tangible and long-term impact to individual and team performance. We think the best way to do this is through online tests which are taken either side of the training. By offering pre- and post-training assessment we can reliably the measure impact of our training. 

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Topics: Online Learning, Technology

Be careful of the Learning Management System (LMS)

Posted on Jan 06, 2015 by Vinit Patel

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are a cornerstone of the learning and development (L&D) industry. As L&D professionals, it is the central communication portal of your team’s output to the rest of your business but time and again, managers express continued dissatisfaction with these expensive systems. We explore some of the reasons why and ways in which you and your team can overcome these in this post.
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Topics: Learning & Development

Feed Your Work And Life With News - Using Feedly

Posted on Jun 04, 2014 by Vinit Patel

Where are you reading this? On your email client, mobile, tablet, our website… or in a blog/news reader?

I think many of us are unfamiliar with news aggregators in general and the benefits they can bring to our work and life. In this post I explore the main benefits to you, your teams and business in under three minutes.

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Topics: Technology

Bring Harmony to your work and life

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 by Vinit Patel

The file naming rule is dead. Long live Harmony.

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Topics: Productivity, Microsoft Office

20 Excel principles - our favourite three

Posted on Dec 05, 2013 by Vinit Patel

In early 2013, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales' (ICAEW) IT Faculty started a project to establish standards in spreadsheet use. A team of around 20 industry specialists, evangelists, Excel/IT trainers and accountants were selected - and I was asked to attend on behalf of Filtered.

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Topics: Microsoft Excel