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Education and training for healthcare support workers provides debate focus
The Open University’s Department of Nursing is hosting a workshop to debate the issues surrounding the development of healthcare support workers. The publication of two high-profile reports earlier this year have demonstrated the importance of learning and development for healthcare staff.
Learning Technologies 2014 Conference programme announced
The programme for the 2014 Learning Technologies Conference in London has been announced. The organisers say debate will focus on how technology is changing learning cultures and what this means for organisational learning and development.
Kallidus to deliver mobile learning seminar at CIPD event
Rob Caul, CEO of Kallidus, will be presenting a seminar titled ‘Your Guide to Mastering Mobile Learning' at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition 2013, at Manchester Central, 6-7 November 2013.
IfL supports Professions Week through CPD seminars
As a founder and one of 15 professional bodies supporting Professions Week (21-27 October 2013), the Institute for Learning (IfL) has organised a series of special continuing professional development events for members.
Transport for London and Crossrail welcome new graduate trainees
Transport for London (TfL) and Crossrail have welcomed 140 new graduate trainees into their organisations. The graduate trainees will work in areas including engineering, project management, transport planning, commercial, information management, finance and marketing roles.
Workshop aims to help L&D teams create their own video learning content
Video Arts is running a two-day workshop to help L&D teams create their own video learning content. Called 'So you want to make a learning video?', the event takes place at Creative Venue in Hammersmith, London, on 28-29 November 2013.
New figures show record numbers of apprentices
According to government figures published today, more people than ever before are taking part in an apprenticeship. Nearly 860,000 people were on an apprenticeship in 2012/13 with higher and advanced levels attracting record levels of apprentices.
Ford wins South East Macro Employer of the Year at National Apprenticeship Awards
Ford and its national dealer network have been announced as the South East regional winner for the Macro Employer of the Year category in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013.
Winners of the 2013 CIPD People Management Awards announced
The winners of the 2013 CIPD People Management Awards were announced last night at an event hosted by Gyles Brandreth at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Video Arts launches new video on demand platform
Learning content company Video Arts has launched a new video on demand (VOD) platform to help organisations deliver video-based learning content across a range of devices.
CIPD research suggests low job turnover might be here to stay
According to a new report on job turnover from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the proportion of workers leaving their employer at any given time fell by over two fifths between 1998 and 2012.
Reed Learning briefing: 'Learning & Development in a Social World'
Reed Learning is hosting a breakfast briefing on Wednesday 16th October that will look at the impact and use of social media for learning at work.
Demand for staff training has increased says survey
According to a new survey, enthusiasm and demand for training among employees has increased in the last five years, and the majority regard it as an added value benefit that employers should provide.
IfL publication: 'Should teaching qualifications be left to chance?'
The Institute for Learning (IfL) has published a collection of thought pieces by teachers, learners, teacher trainers, leaders and academics on the value of initial teacher training in the further education and skills system.
Epic and Towards Maturity to host 'LearningNow: Induction strategies that work'
Learning technologies company Epic and benchmarking firm Towards Maturity are teaming up to host 'LearningNow: Induction strategies that work', an event that aims to tackle the challenges of creating and implementing successful and effective induction courses that will help organisations save valuable time and resources as they bring employees up to competence.
Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund opens for applications
Organisations in England funded by the Skills Funding Agency and running projects to advance equality, diversity and inclusion in adult education can now apply for grants from the £700k Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund.
Brightwave MD to speak at Learning Live event
Charles Gould, Managing Director at Brightwave, will deliver a presentation entitled 'Smarter performance - the holy grail of next generation learning' at this year's Learning Live event in London.
National Apprenticeship Service launches new resources for employers
The National Apprenticeship Service has launched new resources designed to help guide employers through the process of recruiting an apprentice. This follows yesterday's announcement of the extension of the £1500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16-24 year olds for another year.
Ford supports new University Technical College
Ford is supporting the launch of a new University Technical College (UTC) at the Dagenham-based Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME).
Finailists announced for retail’s Rising Stars Awards
The finalists have been announced for The National Skills Academy for Retail’s 'Rising Stars Awards 2013'. The awards are designed to recognise the best talent across the retail sector including apprentices, marketers, store managers and buyers.
'Learning is Changing’ - a new white paper from Hemsley Fraser
L&D teams must redefine their role to resolve a growing tension between how individuals want to approach learning and how organisations want to deploy it, according to a new white paper from learning and development company Hemsley Fraser.
CIPD announces finalists for People Management Awards
The finalists for the 2013 The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) People Management Awards have been announced after judges considered a record number of entries.
Registration opens for World of Learning Conference & Exhibition
Learning and development professionals can now book to attend the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition that returns to the NEC in Birmingham on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 October 2013.
New construction industry training facility opens in Blackpool
Whitewaters Training Ltd has opened a new training centre in Blackpool offering training and qualification assessment to individuals and companies working in the construction industries.
Volkswagen establishes Group Human Resources Academy
Volkswagen has established a Group Human Resources Academy for its HR personnel.
New employer tools launched as apprenticeship applications reach new high
According to new figures released by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), almost 370,000 apprenticeship applications were submitted online between February and April 2013 (Academic Year Q3 2012/13). NAS says this represents growth of over 32%, when compared to the same period last year.
Video Arts launches new e-learning courses on desktop IT skills
Video Arts has added to its library of soft skills and behavioural e-learning resources with 49 new e-learning courses covering desktop IT skills.
New £2 million scheme for early years apprentices
The government has announced a £2 million apprenticeship bursary scheme for the early years profession. From September, people aspiring to a career in early education will be able to apply for a bursary worth up to £1,500, with a further £300 available for more training. The government says there will be up to 1,000 bursary places available.
World Of Learning Conference 2013
Delivering global training programmes and exploring future learning technologies will be among the many topics explored at the World of Learning Conference 2013.The conference runs alongside the World of Learning exhibition and will be chaired by Reeta Chakrabarti, Education and Social Affairs Correspondent at the BBC.
NIACE survey shows fall in the number of young people in learning
According to the NIACE adult participation in learning survey for 2013, published today, the proportion of young people aged 17–24 taking part in learning has fallen by 7 percentage points in the last year. The survey findings, released ahead of Adult Learners’ Week (18–24 May 2013) also shows a fall of 6 percentage points in the proportion of unemployed people participating in learning.
Graduates aim to inspire visitors at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
The London College of Garden Design is creating a design clinic in conjunction with the Royal orticultural Society at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (9-14 July 2013). The clinic aims to provide visitors with design inspiration from graduates of the College.
Zara Phillips launches Range Rover Evoque WISE scholarship
This morning, Zara Phillips visited the Royal Windsor Horse Show to announce a new engineering scholarship programme. The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship will provide a £9,000 bursary to three female students or apprentices who would like to explore a career or further studies in engineering.
Carillion chooses e-learning to provide soft skills training
Facilities management and construction company Carillion is using e-learning courses from Engage in Learning to provide soft skills training for 9,000 of its UK staff.
AoC announces new president-elect
The Association of Colleges (AoC) has named Michele Sutton, principal and chief executive of Bradford College, as their new President-elect.
New film helps prospective apprentices apply for vacancies
The National Apprenticeship Service has launched a new film to help prospective apprentices search for apprenticeship vacancies and submit an application.
Webinar explores 'how to do still more with less'
The Ken Blanchard Companies is hosting a webinar entitled 'Doing still more with less' on 24 April for managers who are feeling stressed and struggling to cope at work.
World Of Learning Conference & Exhibition
This year's World Of Learning Conference & Exhibition will take place at the NEC, Birmingham on 1-2 October. The event will showcase a wide-range of solutions in everything from e-learning and mobile learning to experiential and classroom learning.
Government ambassadors appointed to promote apprenticeships
Two new government apprenticeship ambassadors were appointed today - an Apprenticeship Ambassador to Business and an Apprenticeship Ambassador to Parliament - with the aim of increasing the number, quality and impact of apprenticeships in England.
CIPD People Management Awards open for entry
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) People Management Awards are now officially open for entries. The Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in people management and development, as well as the impact the HR and L&D professions have on business success.
New VQ award to celebrate employers
A new VQ Employer of the Year award has been launched for this year's VQ (Vocational Qualifications) Day. Held on 5th June 2013, VQ Day is a celebration of practical and vocational achievements.
New workshops launched to help VCSEs win government contracts
A new series of workshops to help charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises (VCSEs) capitalise on opportunities to work for government are now open for registration.
QA wins its second social learning gold
Learning provider QA has won the Gold Award for 'Social Media Learning Programme of the Year' at the Learning & Performance Institute's 2013 Learning Awards.
University's Week of Work aims to boost employability skills
Almost 200 students at Swansea University will be heading for the office and the factory rather than the campus on Monday 21 January as they take part in the Week of Work, which organises placements with local employers.
Jaguar Land Rover to recruit more than 150 apprentices
Jaguar Land Rover has launched a campaign to recruit more than 150 apprentices to join its 2013 training programme. This includes approximately 90 Advanced and 60 Higher Apprenticeships. The scheme is open for applications now and will close on 31 January 2013.
Kallidus to speak at Learning Technologies on developing mobile learning
Rob Caul, CEO of Kallidus, will be taking to the floor twice at the Learning Technologies event later this month to deliver a presentation entitled 'Developing Mobile Learning - tools, tips and HTML5'.
Business leaders focus is on building internal strength, says report
According to the CEO Challenge 2013 report, business leaders in cities including London, New York and Shanghai have identified developing and engaging human capital, achieving operational excellence, and increasing innovation as the top three challenges facing them in 2013.
New wireless network supports 'Bring Your Own Device' for students
The Fashion Retail Academy, London has upgraded its college wireless network, with help from Networks First, to support increasing demand from its 700 students for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The new wi-fi network will support around 1000 devices at any one time allowing students to link smartphones, tablets and laptops to the academy's network.
Extension of apprenticeship grant for employers announced
The government has confirmed an extension of the 'Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16-24 year olds' (AGE 16-24) to March 2014. The £1,500 grant is available to help businesses with fewer than 1000 employees take on an apprentice.
Customer communications training at Toyota Financial Services
Toyota Financial Services has been working with learning provider Hemsley Fraser to deliver communication skills training to customer-facing staff across five departments.
L&D's top resolutions for 2013
According to a survey by video-based learning content provider Video Arts, the most popular New Year's resolutions of L&D practitioners for 2013 are to develop their personal skills and to offer more e-learning.
Economy impacting on training budgets, says survey
Almost 90% of people say that the economic crisis is impacting on training budgets, according to Blue Eskimo's 2012 Salary and Work Survey. Over 750 people from the learning industry took part in this year's survey - answering around 30 questions on a wide range of topics, including pay, benefits, work-life balance and the economy.
Suzuki GB employees achieve NVQ success
Suzuki GB PLC is celebrating the success of 23 employees who have recently gained National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).
New research explores managing for sustainable employee engagement
Not taking responsibility, passing on stress, panicking about deadlines and telling staff what to do rather than consulting them, are some of the worst attributes of bad managers identified in new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Search starts for the apprentice team of 2013
Businesses, training providers and colleges are being urged to enter teams into the search for the apprentice team of the year as nominations open today.
Colleges receive funding boost
The government has announced it is investing £110 million in college infrastructure to support projects ranging from the creation of a new civil engineering academy to transforming classrooms into modern vocational workshops.
CIPD elects two new Vice Presidents
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) today elected two new Vice Presidents at its Annual General Meeting in London.
CIPD appoints Mark Beatson as Chief Economist
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has announced the appointment of Mark Beatson as its new Chief Economist.
Google to present at next IDM network event
Kerem Atasoy, Google's Industry Manager for Retail, will deliver a keynote speech on the high street shopping trends that are making the most impact today at The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing's next Knowledge and Network event.
Minister announces additional funding for employer ownership of training
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock today announced a further £150m pot of funding to enable employers to create the training schemes they need to grow their companies.
'Discover Automotive Manufacturing' at the Skills Show
Vauxhall Motors will be introducing students to the world of manufacturing at the Skills Show in Birmingham on Friday.
Stonegate Pub Company opens development academy
National pub operator Stonegate Pub Company has opened a new development centre in Birmingham. The facility, known as Albert's Academy, will provide a multi-functional space for learning and development across the business.
Skills Show the road to success, say GB adults
Two thirds of GB adults believe that employers value work-based skills as much as, or more highly than, academic qualifications, according to a new survey. More than half (58%) of those questioned for the survey, commissioned to coincide with The Skills Show which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 15-17 November, thought that they would be more likely to get a job if they had a skill or trade than if they had a degree.
Brightwave to speak at Business Educa
Charles Gould, managing director at e-learning company Brightwave, will deliver a presentation on 'Making Learning Alive' at this year's Business Educa event in Berlin, forming part of the annual Online Educa conference which is now in its 18th year.
Keynote panel highlights the importance of apprenticeships in building the workforces of tomorrow
Today's young people are tomorrow's workforce and businesses must step up their investment and engagement with young people in order to build their talent pipelines. That's according to the keynote panel, including the Minister for Employment Relations, Jo Swinson, speaking today at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)'s Annual Conference.
CIPD chief executive sets out new "broader purpose for HR"
Peter Cheese, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has given his first address to the organisation's Annual Conference. Marking the end of his first 100 days in the role, his speech to the conference set out the framework for the strategic direction he is shaping for the Institute and the profession.
Rory Sutherland awarded IDM's 25th anniversary Honorary Fellowship
Rory Sutherland, vice-chairman of Ogilvy & Mather UK, will be presented with a 25th anniversary IDM Honorary Fellowship this Thursday at the Institute's Annual Lecture.
CMI announces Management Book of the Year finalists
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has announced the shortlist for the Management Book of the Year awards. The 25 shortlisted titles will now undergo a review process by the judging panel with the category and overall winners unveiled at the British Library Conference Centre on 28 January 2013.
Soft skills overtakes leadership as top L&D priority, claims survey
Soft skills development has overtaken leadership training to become the top priority for organisational learning in the coming year, according to a new study by Video Arts.
ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN premieres VIDEO EDUCA
The challenge of 'video as the new language of learning' will be explored at this year's ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN (OEB) that takes place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin from 28th to 30th November.
Towards Maturity to hold learning technology briefing for finance sector
Benchmark research company, Towards Maturity is presenting a briefing on the use of learning technologies for senior learning and development professionals working in the finance sector.
CIPD launches new online resources for L&D professionals
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has launched a new set of online products that it says will help practitioners design and rejuvenate training courses. The ToolClicks resource provides online building blocks covering a range of topics that can be mixed and matched to build training programmes. ToolClicks is made up of three core products: Management ToolClicks, Interpersonal Skills ToolClicks and Learning ToolClicks.
Pharmacy group uses accessplanit training software in countdown to Christmas
The learning and development team at pharmacy retail group DocMorris is utilising accessplanit's training management software to help deliver training for pharmacy store staff in the run up to Christmas.
LOCOG wins CIPD special achievement award
The achievements of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) were recognised this week, as they were presented with the first ever Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Special Achievement Award.
RSA engages in success at the 2012 CIPD People Management Awards
Insurance company RSA scooped the award for Employee engagement at this year's Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) People Management Awards.
Registration opens for Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills 2013
The organisers of Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills have opened the event's free exhibition registration service for its 2013 event on 29-30 January in London. The Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition is focussed on technology supported workplace learning and is co-located with the Learning and Skills Exhibition which covers a wider spectrum of organisational learning and development.
New government data shows apprenticeships growth
According to new government statistics published today, there has been a continued increase in the number of people taking up apprenticeships. The provisional data shows that for the full 2011/12 academic year (August 2011 to July 2012) 502,500 people started an apprenticeship.
Education can get Britain growing, says OU Vice-Chancellor
Education is the key to getting Britain's economy growing again, The Open University's Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean has said. Speaking to senior political figures from the three main parties during the conference season, he stressed the need for employers and employees to up-skill and re-skill so that British businesses can face the challenges of the 21st century.
CMI Management and Leadership Awards
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) held its annual awards ceremony in London last week, where the winners included The National Grid, South Wales Police and Visa Europe. A total of 11 CMI Management and Leadership Awards, along with the Chartered Manager of the Year Award, were presented by the CMI in categories including Outstanding Leader, Young Achiever and Social Responsibility Management.
Transport for London to recruit up to 100 graduate trainees
Transport for London (TfL) will begin recruiting up to 100 graduate trainees in areas including engineering, project management, technical and corporate roles from today. Depending on their subject, graduates will spend up to three years as trainees with TfL.
CMI welcomes new president and awards 2012 Gold Medal
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) used its annual National Conference and National Management and Leadership Awards, held yesterday in London, to welcome Peter Ayliffe as its incoming president, and award the 2012 Chartered Management Institute Gold Medal to Sir John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority.
New bespoke development programme aims to help HR teams achieve greater success
Assessment and development company Talent Q has launched a bespoke development programme that's aiming to help in-house HR teams in financial services organisations to have greater impact and to be more effective.
Short Breaks Network conference: 'Achieving a Personalised Approach to Short Breaks'
Short Breaks Network's autumn conference, 'Achieving a Personalised Approach to Short Breaks - exploring good practice in personalised services for disabled children and young people' takes place in London on 7th November 2012.
CIPD welcomes proposals to help businesses tap into the '‘forgotten 50 per cent'
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has welcomed Labour leader Ed Miliband's proposals to give employers more control over developing their future workforces, pointing to cross-party consensus that the UK needs to do more to place employers in the driving seat of the skills and apprenticeships system.
Ofsted: Strong governance, leadership and self-assessment is key to college success
Ofsted has published a new report to highlight how colleges can build on best practice and ensure the education and training they are providing is at least good or outstanding.
CMI research indicates that commitment to professional practice is driving uptake of Chartership
New research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) suggests that managers are seeking to demonstrate their professionalism by attaining Chartered status. The report, 'Professionalising Management: the impact of Chartered Manager', examines how Chartership has benefited managers as individuals and the impact on their employers.
Video Arts e-learning resources help Friends Life to enhance soft skills
Video Arts is providing fourteen e-learning courses to pensions, investments and insurance provider Friends Life. The 14 courses, part of a new online learning library for its 3,000 UK staff, cover leadership, management, customer service, communication, managing change and project management.
OU joins the National Skills Academy for IT Training Partner Network
The Open University (OU) is now an approved Training Partner of the National Skills Academy for IT Training Partner Network. The Open University was approved as a Training Partner based upon its track record in providing Higher Education for the IT industry.
Middle age begins at 55, says survey
According to new research commissioned by online learning provider Love to Learn, the average Briton believes that middle age starts at 55 and last until old age sets in at 69. The study surveyed more than 1,000 UK adults aged 50+. It asked them about their attitudes to life, aging and what, if any, were the benefits of being older today in 2102 Britain.
IDM announces strategic partnership with Smart Insights
The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM) has announced a strategic collaboration with marketing advice publisher Smart Insights. The collaboration means that Smart Insights will be the IDM's official content partner providing digital marketing guides and templates, while the Institute, in turn, is the official marketing skills training and qualifications partner for Smart Insights.
Lord Digby Jones opens Supply Chain Academy
Lord Digby Jones has officially opened the Supply Chain Academy in London. Based at the recently restored Upminster Court in the London Borough of Havering, the Academy has developed a range of courses on topics that include supply chain risk management, negotiation techniques, cost structure analysis, planning and forecasting, inventory management and supply chain design.
Thirty-four businesses to receive funding from Employer Ownership Pilot
Business secretary Vince Cable announced today that thirty-four businesses have been successful in their bids for funding to design their own vocational training programmes. The funding comes from the Employer Ownership Pilot, which is jointly funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education.
BBC Academy and Creative Skillset announce next Fast Train event
The BBC Academy and Creative Skillset today announced the next Fast Train for 2012. The free training event for industry freelancers, this time called Fast Train North, will take place at the BBC's new MediaCityUK site in Salford , on Tuesday 20 November.
Skills programme aims to drive growth in fashion and textiles
The government has announced today over £2 million of support for a new skills programme for the textiles and fashion sector led by a consortium of employers and the Textile Centre of Excellence.
CIPD and Skills CFA launch new Higher Apprenticeship in Human Resource Management
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Skills CFA have officially launched a new Higher Apprenticeship in Human Resource Management.
QA launches new City of London training centre
Training company QA is to open a new training centre in the City of London on Monday 10th September 2012. Located in St. Katherine Docks next to Tower Bridge and The Tower of London, International House, the new QA training centre has 33 dedicated training rooms, four delegate breakout areas, PC access and Wi-Fi throughout, and an onsite Cafe.
SCTE launches new training company
SCTE, the Society for Broadband Professionals, has launched a new company, Broadband Training Ltd, to provide tutors and facilities to train broadband industry technicians.
ILM launches new leadership and management qualifications
The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) is introducing a new qualifications portfolio from September 2012, following a consultation with managers, training providers and employers.
CIPD Performance Management Conference
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) are holding their Performance Management Conference on 11-12 October 2012 in London.
New measures aim to help small employers take on apprentices
The Government says it will increase awareness among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of the benefits of apprenticeships, and make support for small businesses taking on apprentices simpler and more accessible, thanks to a report from jeweller and social entrepreneur Jason Holt, published today.
New innovation course aims to boost business growth
Ashridge Business School is set to launch a new course on Business Model Innovation that's aiming to help managers create new businesses and transform existing businesses.
Social & Collaborative Learning Map released by Elliott Masie's Learning 2012
Elliott Masie has released a new infographic map 'Social & Collaborative Designs' that will form the basis for Chief Learning Officer discussions at Learning 2012, to be held in Orlando, Oct 21 to 24 2012.
Minister congratulates A-Level students
Minister for universities and science, David Willettson, has congratulated students on today's A-Level results.
Social learning to become a dominant player in the training mix within 18 months, says study
Social learning tactics will challenge traditional classroom-based learning to become an influential characteristic of the corporate training mix by 2014 according to Redtray's collaborative research programme.
Kineo announces summer e-learning & LMS webinar series
e-Learning company Kineo has announced details of its upcoming free webinar programme taking place during August and September.
Shortage of skilled managers a major issue for UK plc according to new research
More than nine out of ten (93%) UK businesses believe they are at risk of being held back by a shortage of skilled managers, according to new research published this week by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
A Manager's Guide to the Emotional Workplace webinar
What is the best way to handle sensitive issues at work? Whether it is delivering feedback, dealing with conflict, or addressing performance issues, dealing with the emotional nitty-gritty of working life is something most business leaders would rather avoid.
LPI publishes white paper: 'Navigating the Perfect Storm in L&D'
According to a recent survey by the Learning & Performance Institute (LPI), there has never been a greater opportunity for L&D functions to contribute significant value-add to their organisations. At the same time, however, the LPI says resistance to delivering change, due to budgetary constraints and other factors, has never been greater.
Past Olympians and pilot of world's fastest car join forces at showcase for best of British education
Inspiring the next generation will be the theme at the British Business Embassy today as 250 UK and international delegates will explore how sport, science and technology can be used to inspire young people to further study.
HP partners with Bucks New University to launch new learning programme
HP and Bucks New University have announced the delivery of the HP Institute Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) programme as part of the University's IT training offering. The programme, which will receive its first student intake in the autumn, is based around the new HP Institute course that launched in the UK in February.
Dorothy Perkins selects WorldHost for customer service training
Dorothy Perkins has prepared key staff for the influx of visitors in its frontline stores, including Westfield Stratford City, by providing customer service training, using the same WorldHostT programme that was used in Vancouver in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Are leaders out of sight, out of mind?
According to a new survey from the People 1st Training Company and ICM, business leaders face competing priorities in a tough economic climate but must make the most of communication tools if they want to maintain a productive workforce.
Fund launched for radio and audio training
Radio freelancers could be eligible for up to £1,500 worth of funding for training from the BBC and Creative Skillset. Subject to eligibility, funding is available for courses that cover craft & technical skills including editing, social media, multi platform content development and distribution and sound engineering, or business, teamwork and management skills.
Open University wins 'Best 50+ continuing education provider' award
The Open University has won an award for 'Best 50+ continuing education provider' in the 50+ Awards 2012, voted for by the public. The award was announced at the 50+ Awards Gala Reception at Olympia, London on Friday 13th July.
Fifteen partnerships selected to run learning pilot schemes
Fifteen partnerships across the country have been invited to take part in a pilot scheme that's designed to give communities more power to choose which adult learning courses are available in their area, Skills Minister John Hayes announced today.
Government invests in third sector workforce development
The charity Skills - Third Sector has received renewed government funding of £250,000 for 2012/2013 from the Office for Civil Society. Skills - Third Sector says the funding will enable it to continue to work with employers to raise ambition on skills in the third sector and to generate solutions to meet the workforce skills needs of employers.
CIPD launches free stress management tool
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has launched a free stress management tool, developed with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), designed to help equip managers with the skills to manage positively and prevent stress in their staff.
CIPD People Management Awards: finalists revealed
This year's finalists for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) People Management Awards have been announced after judges considered a record number of entries for the Awards.
e-skills UK research finds demand for IT staff at a record high
The latest Technology Insights research report from e-skills UK, launched today, suggests that IT employment through to 2020 is forecast to grow at almost twice the UK average.
UFI Charitable Trust opens for funding applications
UFI Charitable Trust are inviting applications for projects which are designed improve the delivery of adult and vocational learning through the use of digital technology.
Training aims to give Wales Olympic gold in customer service
Sector skills council People 1st and Sport Cardiff, Cardiff Council's sport development project, are training Olympic volunteers in customer service standards using the WorldHost Ambassadors customer service training programme.
Apprenticeships programme continues to grow
According to new government statistics, there has been a continued increase in the number of people starting an apprenticeship. The provisional data, published yesterday, shows that in the first nine months of the 2011/12 academic year (August 2011 to April 2012) 383,200 people started an apprenticeship.
Epic wins IELA award for mobile learning apps
Epic has won the mobile learning award for its Collins GCSE Maths Revision apps at the 2012 International E-learning Association (IELA) awards. The IELA Award winners were announced at a ceremony at the International Conference on E-learning in the Workplace (ICELW) in New York on the 15th June.
Care provider celebrates completion of 1000th e-learning course
Hadrian Healthcare Group is celebrating the completion of its 1000th e-learning course for staff with training provider Learning Curve and their online portal.
Talent Management Summit 2012
Businesses will need to embrace flexible learning for their staff so they can train on the job if they wish to survive the economically challenging times ahead, according to attendees at The Talent Management Summit 2012. The Summit, organised by Economist conferences and sponsored by the Open University Business School, took place on 14th June and brought together human resources practitioners from a range of sectors to discuss how businesses can ensure the right executive talent is in place to survive the current downturn.
New scheme aims to boost skills of UK engineers
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced the expansion of its new education programme, aimed at boosting the skills of engineers working within the automotive supply chain and other hi-tech industries. The Advanced Skills Accreditation Scheme (ASAS) was formally launched by Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, at the company's product development centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
New higher apprenticeships receive funding
The final projects to be supported by the Higher Apprenticeships Fund were announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable today. The second round of the £25 million Higher Apprenticeship Fund will support the development of new Higher Apprenticeships in sectors including aviation, low carbon engineering, legal services and space engineering.
World of Learning Conference 2012
Providing a compelling business case to secure your learning and development (L&D) budget, the use of technology and meeting the needs of a changing workforce will be amongst the topics discussed at the World of Learning Conference 2012 on 2 and 3 October at the NEC, Birmingham.
Public sector employers struggling to recruit and retain senior staff, says report
According to a new survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Hays, public sector organisations face increased problems in recruiting and retaining staff, particularly at a senior level.
Shortlist announced for the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards 2012
The shortlist for the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards 2012 has been announced. The annual awards, organised by Retail Week and Skillsmart Retail, are designed to recognise the best rising talent in all areas of retail, from apprentices to marketers and buyers.
Eddie Stobart apprenticeship programme picks up logistics industry award
Eddie Stobart's new logistics apprenticeship programme has won the Apprenticeship of the Year award at the Motor Transport Awards. The new Apprenticeship of the Year award was introduced with the aim of recognising the important part apprenticeships have to play in introducing highly trained young people to the logistics industry.
Effective writing course wins technology enhanced learning award
Nelson Croom's Grammar and Effective Writing course has won a 'Technology enhanced learning' award in the annual Kingston University Learning and Teaching Awards.
Learning and Skills Group conference moves online
The Learning and Skills Group June 2012 Conference has moved online and is freely available for L&D professionals on 26-28 June 2012. Over the three days, Learning and Skills Group will be running eleven online sessions. The session presenters include: Clive Shepherd, Jane Hart, Nigel Paine, Steve Wheeler, Jane Bozarth, Karen Hyder, Laura Overton, David Wilson, Charles Jennings, Jay Cross and Mark Oehlert.
Lawrence Dallaglio announces winner of 'Top Sales Tip' competition
The National Sales Awards in partnership with Huthwaite International has launched their 'Top Sales Tips' guide, which has been compiled from the results of a nationwide competition which invited sales professionals to share selling advice in 140 characters (the length of a Tweet), for the chance to win £1,000.
QA incorporates soft skills into PRINCE2 training
Training company QA is incorporating soft skills and behaviours such as team and conflict management, leadership and motivation, and stakeholder engagement, into its new PRINCE2® project management training courses.
Vauxhall to run See Inside Manufacturing events at Luton and Ellesmere Port plants
Following last year's rollout of the See Inside Manufacturing initiative at different automotive manufacturing locations, Vauxhall's Luton and Ellesmere Port plants are once again opening their doors to local schools and other educational institutions during June.
Leadership 20:20 Panel names its Champions
Leadership 20:20, which launched a series of recommendations for supporting emerging civil society leaders in December, has held the first meeting of the panel that will work to implement its recommendations. The Leadership 20:20 Panel, chaired by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, is made up of a group of 'Champion' organisations, each leading on implementing one of the Commission’s five recommendations.
Open University launches new 'Ways to Pay' video
The Open University has released a video to highlight the different ways new undergraduate students in England can pay for part-time study from September 2012, when higher education funding changes come into effect.
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